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CHEROKEE, Iowa -- A Quimby, Iowa, man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for causing a crash that killed a Sergeant Bluff man.

Casey Herron, 23, had agreed to the sentence as part of a plea agreement he signed shortly after his trial began in Cherokee County District Court in December. Rather that continue with his trial, Herron pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and operating while intoxicated.

As part of the plea agreement, Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin amended the vehicular homicide charge from a Class B felony punishable by 25 years in prison to a Class C felony with a 10-year prison sentence.

Herron must also pay $150,000 in restitution to the estate of Vitali Zhylka and $12,813 to the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

Herron was the driver of a pickup truck that crashed and rolled over at 6:45 p.m. July 30, 2016, near the intersection of 470th Street and High Country Road in rural Cherokee County.

Zhylka, 21, one of the passengers in the pickup, died of his injuries at Cherokee Regional Medical Center. Herron and two other passengers suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Zhylka had been a volunteer on the Sergeant Bluff Fire Department for approximately four years.

Court documents said that Herron failed field sobriety tests, and a breath test showed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.102 percent, above Iowa's legal limit of 0.08 percent.


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