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Update: Driver sentenced to over four years in prison for drunken crash that killed Ada teen

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ADA, Minn. – A 21-year-old accused of driving drunk and killing a teen in a fiery crash was sentenced to more than four years in prison Monday, June 19, in Norman County District Court.

Ethan Stensgard of Enderlin, N.D., received a 51-month sentence, at least 34 months of which he’ll spend behind bars.

Stensgard pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal vehicular homicide in March, and a gross misdemeanor charge of third-degree driving while impaired was dismissed.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 9 and County Road 39 in Borup on Oct. 16, 2016.

Carter Peterson, 16, of Ada was driving home when Stensgard, then 20, ran a stop sign and collided with Peterson’s car, authorities said. Stensgard’s blood-alcohol concentration was 0.236 percent, nearly three times the legal limit for driving, court documents stated.

Peterson’s car was on fire when emergency workers arrived. One of the first to show up was Peterson’s father, Randy Peterson, who works with the Ada Fire Department.

Carter Peterson died at the scene.

Families and friends of both drivers cried as Judge Anne Rasmusson sentenced Stensgard on Monday. His head hung low the entire sentencing, and he did not speak.

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