June 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM CDT - Updated June 27 at 8:50 AM
FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed two passengers in his car.
Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Green, of Hollister, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree involuntary manslaughter.
Authorities said Green was speeding the night of Sept. 27, 2010, when he drove into a rock embankment on a road just west of Branson. The crash killed 24-year-old Jessica Jenkins and 25-year-old Nicole Porter, both of Branson.
Green had a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.16.
The manslaughter charge normally carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. But Green was charged as a prior and persistent offender because of prior felony convictions, meaning the judge could have sentenced him Thursday to 30 years.
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