A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced an Ashland man to prison on involuntary manslaughter charges for a drunken driving wreck that killed his passenger.
During a hearing in Helena, Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon sentenced Kyle Lee Fulmer, 29, to 30 months. Fulmer pleaded guilty in May to involuntary manslaughter for an accident last Sept. 19 that killed his passenger, identified in court records by the initials C.R.R.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek said earlier the accident happened on South Tongue River Road near Ashland when Fulmer lost control of a Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving. The truck went through a barbed wire fence and rolled down an embankment, landing upright in a field.
Fulmer was thrown from the truck, while his passenger, who was wearing a seat belt and remained in the truck, died from his injuries.
Fulmer admitted to officers that he had been drinking before the crash. A test a few hours after the wreck found Fulmer had a blood-alcohol concentration of .137 percent. The legal limit is .08.
Suek recommended in court records a 30-month sentence, which was the low end of the guideline range. The high end was 37 months. Fulmer had no criminal record, has been in substance abuse treatment since the accident and has maintained steady employment, she said.