September 20, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison in a drunken driving crash that killed a 14-year-old girl and injured her friends as they headed home from a birthday party.
Austin Farley received the sentence Friday after being found guilty in October of second-degree murder and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Prosecutors said Farley made a left-hand turn against a red arrow on Memorial Day in 2011 and crashed into a car carrying four teenage girls who were being driven home from a party. Fourteen-year-old Ashton Sweet, who suffered brain swelling and a collapsed lung, died of her injuries.
Farley previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence in 2009.
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