- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has been given a suspended sentence of two to eight years in prison in a fatal pickup truck crash that killed his best friend after the two played in a championship baseball game.

The Eagle Times reports (https://bit.ly/1gITAzX) 22-year-old Justin Pierce of Woodstock also received 150 days of home confinement on Thursday.

Pierce and Jon Ferrero played on the Claremont, N.H., Cardinals in the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League. They had just won the division title a few hours before the Aug. 18 accident. Ferrero was the MVP of the game.

The two celebrated with a few drinks afterward before driving back to Vermont. Pierce lost control of the vehicle, which slammed into a guardrail, flipped, and struck a tree. Ferrero was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Information from: Eagle Times, https://www.eagletimes.com

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