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Klamath Falls man gets 20 years in fatal DUII crash


KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) – A Klamath Falls man with a history of drunken driving has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a crash that killed a pedestrian.

The Herald and News reports ( ) 52-year-old Charles Vermillion pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter, assault, drunken driving and reckless endangering.

Vermillion veered onto a sidewalk last November, striking 25-year-old Joseph Carter. The victim died while being flown to a Portland hospital from Klamath Falls.

Vermillion told officers he had three or four 24-ounce cans of malt liquor before driving. His blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

The Herald and News reports Vermillion had five prior DUI arrests in Oregon since 1990, and that led the judge to impose a tougher sentence than the mandatory minimum.

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