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Man involved in fatal 2012 wreck sentenced Thursday

Man involved in fatal 2012 wreck sentenced Thursday
Smith County Judicial Records

POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:54am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:41am

The Diana man who is charged with criminally negligent homicide for a fatal October 2012 crash, is was sentenced Thursday morning in a Smith County courtroom.

Justin Echols pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide Thursday morning.

Last year, Echols was drivintg a pickup when he lost control and crashed into a tree on Smith County Road 217, near FM 850.

Michele Allen, 27, of Harleton, was a passenger in the truck, and was thrown from the vehicle and pinned underneath it. She later died of her injuries.

Echols left the scene of the accident on an ATV before authorities arrived.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and a manhunt ensued.

Echols later turned himself in to Upshur County authorities and transferred to the Smith County Jail.

He was formally charged with criminal negligent homicide.

KETK was in the courtroom Thursday morning as the sentence was delivered. Echols will serve an 8 year sentence for the criminally negligent homicide charge, and 10 years for an accident involving injury or death.

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