- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a fatal drunken driving crash.

The Panama City News Herald (https://goo.gl/ot5KfG) reports that a Bay County judge sentenced 20-year-old Brent Alexander Taylor on Thursday. He pleaded no contest last month to DUI manslaughter without a deal in place. He had faced up to 15 years in prison.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Taylor’s SUV hit a parked motorcyclist, 33-year-old James Thorndyke, in December 2014 and continued about 1,000 feet up the road before pulling over. Taylor later told troopers he didn’t realize he had hit anything.

The trooper reported smelling alcohol on Taylor, who failed a series of field sobriety tests.


Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, https://www.newsherald.com

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