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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force master sergeant has been sentenced to up to six years in prison for a fatal drunken driving crash in 2016.

The Goldsboro News-Argus reports a judge sentenced 50-year-old Hector Soler to serve at least four years for the crash that killed 17-year-old Johny Robert Watson. Soler pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including felony death by motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while impaired.

Soler, who was sentenced on Wednesday, was assigned to the 4th Security Forces Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

On Dec. 10, 2016, authorities say Soler crashed his car into the back of Watson’s Jeep, sending it into a utility pole. Watson died five days later.

Two alcohol breath tests showed Soler’s blood alcohol content at 0.16, twice the legal limit.


Information from: Goldsboro News-Argus,