- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man charged with negligent homicide in the 2015 death of a passenger on his motorcycle has been given a six-year deferred prison sentence.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2ojVnC5) 27-year-old James Calderhead was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to negligent homicide. The Marine Corps veteran must also complete community service and complete veterans treatment court.

Prosecutors say Calderhead and 26-year-old Bridget Perison were both legally intoxicated and that Calderhead was speeding when his motorcycle crashed in Bozeman.

Both were hospitalized. Perison died nine days after the crash.

Calderhead was initially charged with vehicular homicide before he accepted a plea agreement.

Prosecutors acknowledged that Calderhead has taken responsibility for his actions.

Calderhead apologized to the victim’s family in a statement read to the court Monday.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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