- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man has been convicted of second-degree murder in a wreck that killed a teen.

Local media reported 37-year-old Matthew Schmieder was convicted in Hendersonville on Monday and sentenced to between 13 and 16 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Schmieder crossed the center line in a no-passing zone and hit a truck driven by 17-year-old Derek Miller in December 2016.

Investigators said Schmieder was driving between 10 mph (16 kph) and 20 mph (32 kph) over the speed limit and had a revoked driver’s license.

Defense attorney Beth Stang had argued the evidence did not support the murder charge, saying a lesser felony or misdemeanor was more appropriate.

District Attorney Greg Newman said there was plenty of evidence to show Schmieder acted with malice, justifying a murder conviction.

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