Minnesota man sentenced for crash that killed two women

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The Associated Press
Created: September 25, 2020 03:54 PM

A 24-year-old Minnesota man has been sentenced in connection with a July 4 crash that killed two women in western Montana. Mason David Drake received a 40-year sentence with 20 years suspended on Thursday for his role in the deaths. 

Drake entered into a plea deal with prosecutors in July. 


Prosecutors say Drake was intoxicated when his vehicle crossed Montana Highway 35 east of Kalispell and crashed head-on into a truck. The collision killed 59-year-old Alice Barten and her daughter, 31-year-old Katie Barten. 

An investigation by a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol said Drake's blood-alcohol level was .136%, which is above the legal limit of 0.08.

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