- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 24-year-old Montana man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving crash last spring that killed a Nebraska physician.

District Judge Robert Allison sentenced Matthew Michael Hollo of Columbia Falls to 30 years in prison with 20 years suspended.

Hollo apologized to Timothy Fangman’s family during Tuesday’s three-hour hearing and said he takes full responsibility for his choices.

Prosecutors say Hollo was intoxicated when he drove his pickup truck head-on into the vehicle of the 68-year-old Omaha cardiologist.

Hollo’s blood-alcohol level was 0.143 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Defense attorneys had asked for a lighter sentence, but the judge went with prosecutors’ recommendation.

Allison told Hollo that he will have a chance to be with his family again, but that’s a chance Fangman will never have.

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