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Former athletic chief gets 7 years

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The former athletic director for North Little Rock schools has been sentenced to seven years in prison for maiming another man in a drunken-driving accident. Five years of the sentence Danny Russell received on Friday were suspended.

 But Russell faces more prison time if he doesn't pay restitution - as much as $500,000. He will be eligible for parole after serving six months. Richard Severns of Redfield told a judge that the February 2008 crash that cost him a leg left him seizure-prone with nerve damage and memory loss.

 Russell pleaded guilty last month to a charge of battery and a count of second-offense misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Russell was driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 when he struck Severn's truck head on. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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