Columbus man gets probation for DUI crash that killed motorcycle passenger

2014-08-28T10:53:00Z 2014-08-28T19:51:06Z Columbus man gets probation for DUI crash that killed motorcycle passengerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 28, 2014 10:53 am  • 

COLUMBUS — A 44-year-old Columbus man has been given a 10-year probationary sentence for a drunken driving crash that killed the passenger on his motorcycle.

District Judge Blair Jones sentenced John Bryce Newkirk on Aug. 21 for vehicular homicide while under the influence.

Prosecutors say Newkirk's blood alcohol level was 0.177 percent at the time of a June 9, 2013, crash on Highway 10 east of Columbus. His passenger, 48-year-old Natalie LeBlanc, died four days later at a Billings hospital. Court records say neither were wearing helmets.

Jones also sentenced Newkirk to perform 25 hours of community service and fined him $1,585.

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