Man Gets 7 Years in Prison for Fatal Accident
COLUMBIA (AP) - A 22-year-old Columbia man was sentenced to seven years in prison for a drunken driving accident that killed a woman and left a man in a coma.
Boone County Circuit Judge Christine Carpenter on Monday rejected a request that Spencer Gordon be allowed to enter a 120-day substance abuse treatment program. Instead, she sentenced Gordon to seven years for first-degree involuntary manslaughter and two counts of second-degree assault.
The December 2012 accident killed 24-year-old Michelle Morrow and put 25-year-old Michael Tufts into a coma.
Investigators say Gordon crossed into another lane on a Columbia street and hit a truck driven by Tufts.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the victims' families have sued the club where Gordon was drinking the night of the accident. The lawsuits are pending.