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Published December 02, 2009, 09:52 AM

Fort Yates Man sentenced for manslaughter

A Fort Yates man accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed two people has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

A Fort Yates man accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed two people has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Penny earlier pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Monday sentenced him to five years and 11 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $24,000 in restitution.

Acting U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim says Penny was driving drunk on May 6 on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation when his vehicle crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 24 north of Fort Yates and collided head-on with another vehicle, killing 34-year-old Luree Claymore and 28-year-old Clay Claymore of Fort Yates and seriously injuring two other people.

Authorities said Penny's blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for driving.

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