Missouri man gets 7 years for fatal drunk-driving wreck

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POTOSI, Mo. — A 24-year-old eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a drunk-driving crash that killed two young men in his car.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that Nathaniel Blake Roberts of rural Bonne Terre was sentenced Monday.

The accident happened Aug. 7, 2011, killing 18-year-old Dustin Goforth and 20-year-old Christopher Weiss. Roberts suffered moderate injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol report showed that Roberts was driving 102 mph when he crashed. Washington County Prosecutor Josh Hedgecorth says Roberts had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13. Missouri’s legal limit is 0.08.

At the sentencing hearing, parents of both victims told of how their lives were torn apart. Roberts told the judge his mistake cost the other two men their lives.