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Archive for Wednesday, July 26, 1995

MAN SENTENCED IN TRAFFIC DEATH

July 26, 1995

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— A Topeka man was sentenced Tuesday to 50 months in prison for his role in a fatality accident last January.

Paul J. Ray, 28, pleaded no contest in early June to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Delgadillo, Lecompton.

Delgadillo, 33, a passenger in Ray's truck, died early Jan. 21 of massive head injuries after the truck ran off U.S. Highway 24 about a mile west of Perry and overturned. Delgadillo was thrown from the vehicle.

Prosecutors charged Ray with killing Delgadillo unintentionally while driving under the influence of alcohol. Ray's blood alcohol content was .30 percent, nearly four times greater than .08 percent, the legal limit for intoxication in Kansas, prosecutors said.

Assistant Jefferson County Atty. Rex Lane said that because Ray had one prior DUI conviction the judge increased the sentence imposed in the case. Kansas sentencing guidelines specify involuntary manslaughter is punishable by 31 to 34 months in prison if the defendant has no previous DUI convictions.

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