Mikell Begley sentenced to 11 years for fatal DUI crash

6:10 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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BROOKSVILLE, Florida (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that left his friend dead.

A Hernando County judge sentenced 33-year-old Mikell Begley on Thursday after he pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter.

Authorities say Begley had spent the afternoon drinking with a co-worker - 46-year-old Gary Ziegler - at a Spring Hill bar in April. Shortly after the men left, Begley lost control of the car after swerving to avoid hitting a Hernando County deputy's car. The car flipped, and then hit a fire hydrant and a tree. Ziegler died, and Begley was seriously injured.

Tests showed that Begley's blood-alcohol level after the crash was 0.121 and 0.125 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.

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