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Shepherd sentenced
Robert Shepherd, left, awaits sentencing for vehicular homicide in District Court at the Hill County Courthouse on Nov. 19, 2010. Judge David Rice sentenced Shepherd to 30 years in prison with no time suspended.

HAVRE - A Havre man who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Robert Shepherd was sentenced Friday in district court in Hill County to the maximum sentence allowed by law, with no time suspended.

Police say Shepherd was driving more than 100 mph on Wild Horse Road north of Havre on Sept. 9, 2009, when he lost control and the vehicle rolled 2 1/2 times.

Killed in the crash was 49-year-old passenger Joel Bell of Havre.

The Havre Daily News reports that Shepherd at Friday's sentencing told Bell's family that Shepherd wished it had been him rather than Bell who died in the crash.

Shepherd had five prior DUI convictions before the 2009 crash as well as other traffic citations.

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Judge David Rice told Shepherd he would have sentenced Shepherd to 40 years if the law allowed.

 

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