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Associated Press, Published October 22 2012

St. Michael man gets 3 years in prison in fatal drunken driving crash

GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota man who was driving drunk when he collided head-on with a vehicle and killed another man has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Douglas Baker of St. Michael, also known as Douglas Lawrence, pleaded guilty in federal court in July to involuntary manslaughter.

Authorities say the September 2011 collision on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation killed Dana Grow, of Grand Forks. Authorities say Baker's blood-alcohol concentration was nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says Baker was given credit for a year he has spent in tribal custody.

Baker also was ordered to pay a total of nearly $23,500 in restitution to Grow's widow, medical insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield and vehicle insurer Geico Direct.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.