Tuesday, December 24, 2013
HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that left two of his friends dead.
A Pasco County judge sentenced 39-year-old Shawn Cleaver on Monday after a jury previously found him guilty of DUI manslaughter and culpable negligence.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://goo.gl/5XMM12 ) reports that Cleaver — along with Harry Diede and Mark Whisner — spent most of a day in October 2009 drinking at the Players Club in Hudson. The three men eventually left, with Cleaver getting behind the wheel of Diede's souped-up truck.
Authorities say the truck hit a concrete pole, fatally injuring Diede and Whisner. Cleaver was pinned in the driver's seat.
Tests showed Cleaver's blood-alcohol level was between 0.124 and 0.125 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.