A Missoula judge has rejected a plea deal in the case of a Missoula man who admitted to driving drunk and killing one woman, and seriously injuring her sister while they were walking on a sidewalk last year.
Tom George Vineyard had pleaded guilty to a vehicular homicide while under the influence and negligent vehicular assault, but Judge Ed McLean rejected the plea agreement on Friday.
McLean sentenced Vineyard to 30 years in the Montana State Prison, with 20 years suspended after Vineyard hit the sisters with his pickup truck on May 16,2013. Roberta Demmert, 39, was killed in the crash - and her sister Pamela was seriously injured.
Prosecutors say Vineyard's Blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the incident.
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