Man sentenced for killing MU professor in car crash

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 8:26 a.m. CDT; updated 9:38 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 31, 2009

COLUMBIA — A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a crash on Interstate 70 that killed an MU professor last year. William C. Downs of Liberty was convicted this month of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and drug possession. Prosecutors said Downs was high on drugs when his pickup truck rear-ended the professor's vehicle.