- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) - A 23-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for criminally negligent homicide in a drunken driving crash that killed the mother of a former high school classmate.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/pArRRf ) that Alex Richards was driving on a rural road near Estacada on Nov. 2, 2013, when he drifted into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a car driven by 53-year-old Sherri Graham, instantly killing her.

The newspaper says Richards went to high school with Sherri Graham’s daughter, Jordyn.

The two families were in a Clackamas County courtroom on Thursday when Richards was sentenced. He also pleaded guilty to DUI.

Richards apologized at the hearing and recalled Sherri Graham as a wonderful, kindhearted person.

Former classmate Jordyn Graham gave him a hug.

Presiding Judge Robert Herndon called it “one of the most moving sentencings I’ve been a part of.”

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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