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A man who spent nearly two years in federal prison for causing the drunken-driving death of a friend was sentenced Monday in Yellowstone County District Court for new charges.

Warreco Jay Killsnight, 31, was ordered to serve eight years, with three years suspended, for felony drug possession.

Judge Gregory Todd also ordered Killsnight to pay a $1,000 fine, and serve concurrent six-month jail terms for misdemeanor counts of obstructing, driving without a valid license and driving without insurance.

As part of a plea agreement, Todd dismissed five other misdemeanor charges related to his arrest at about 11p.m. Sept. 3.

Killsnight apologized before he was sentenced.

Killsnight was arrested after a Billings police officer saw a 1998 Cadillac Catera fail to stop at a stop sign at Montana Avenue and North 33rd Street.

A brief chase ensued before Killsnight was apprehended. A glass pipe with methamphetamine residue was found in his clothing.  

In 2005, Killsnight was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter for causing a drunken-driving crash on Highway 212 near Lame Deer.

A passenger in the vehicle driven by Killsnight, 25-year-old Mathias Lee Michel III, died in the crash.

The persistent felony offender designation in state court carries a prison sentence enhancement of between five and 100 years.



State courts reporter for the Billings Gazette.