- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals panel has upheld the 45-month sentence given a Neshoba County man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 13-year-old bicyclist.

Christopher Thompson Jr., of Philadelphia, was convicted in the death that happened in Kemper County in 2011 on Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians tribal land.

Federal prosecutors say Thompson had a blood alcohol level 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit, when his Jeep Cherokee hit Matthew Thomas.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied Thompson’s challenge to his conviction and sentence Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Thomas riding his bike north in the southbound lane. They say Thompson also was traveling north when he crossed over the center line and hit Thomas.

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