- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man serving a five-year prison term for driving drunk and killing a woman on a motorcycle wants his sentence reduced.

The Argus Leader newspaper reports (https://argusne.ws/1nwRsfy ) that 42-year-old Darren Boomgarden has the support of the motorcycle driver and the family of passenger Tracy Handel, who was killed in the July 2012 crash.

Boomgarden pleaded guilty in December 2012 to manslaughter and second-offense drunken driving. He is eligible for parole in January. If his sentence is modified he could be released by late July.

Handel’s sister, Tammy Handel, spoke in support of Boomgarden during a court hearing on Tuesday. Prosecutors oppose Boomgarden’s request, saying he already received a lenient sentence and is due to be released soon anyway.

Judge Mark Salter will rule later.


Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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