Man Found Guilty in Child's Drunk-Driving Death

Posted: Apr 24, 2014 6:16 PM by The Associated Press

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TROY (AP) - A 33-year-old Troy man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a 9-year-old boy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that Randolph S. James was found guilty Wednesday by a judge in Lincoln County Circuit Court after a two-day trial. He also was convicted of three counts of second-degree assault and four misdemeanor driving offenses in the November 2012 wreck.

Police say James was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger the night before Thanksgiving when he crossed the center line on Missouri Highway 47 and hit a 1997 Mercury Sable occupied by four Winfield residents. Nine-year-old David Simpson died.

James' blood alcohol content was 0.16 more than two hours after the crash. That's double the legal limit in Missouri.

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