- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison for causing an Easter Sunday 2015 wrong-way crash that claimed the lives of a young couple in Providence.

Twenty-six-year-old Joel Norman was sentenced Tuesday in Providence Superior Court after reversing his plea to guilty on charges of driving under the influence with death resulting and several other offenses.

Police say Norman was drunk and driving the wrong way on U.S. Route 6 when a vehicle containing 21-year-old Tiffany Sical and 23-year-old Brayan Rodriguez-Solis collided with him on April 5, 2015.

The high school sweethearts were killed in the crash, leaving behind a daughter who is now 6 years old. Norman reportedly spent the night bar-hopping in Providence.

Norman apologized and took blame for the crash before he was sentenced.

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