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Convictions stand in Fremont County fatal crash

Submitted by Newsroom on December 14, 2010 – 7:02 amNo Comment

FREMONT FATAL

     Convictions stand in Fremont County fatal crash    

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a man’s aggravated vehicular homicide convictions related to a 2008 rollover crash that killed two people in Fremont County.

Authorities say Richard Allen Tucker, of Shoshoni, was driving under the influence of alcohol in December 2008 when he rolled his pickup and killed his passengers. The mother and son who died in the crash were 51-year-old Koleen Phillips of Shoshoni and her 28-year-old son Zate of Casper.

The driver was sentenced to serve from 24 to 40 years in prison.

Tucker had argued that he did not receive a fair trial because a police officer had testified about his opinion of how the crash occurred. On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected that argument along with Tucker’s claim that prison sentences constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

From information provided by The Associated Press

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