Driver sentenced to 30 years for wrong-way crash

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 7:51 a.m. CDT; updated 5:21 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 14, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — A central Missouri man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a wrong-way, drunken driving crash that killed a woman in Cole County.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported that 29-year-old Dennis Leporin, of Columbia, had pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder and other charges. He was sentenced Wednesday.

Police said Leporin was driving without headlights in the eastbound lanes of westbound U.S. 54 when his pickup truck hit a car head-on the night of March 6, 2013. The collision killed the car's driver, 19-year-old Chelsea D. Fredrickson of Camdenton.

Prosecutors noted in court that Leporin had a blood alcohol content of 2.5 — three times Missouri's legal limit — when he was tested more than an hour after the crash.

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