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Man sentenced to 40 years for drunken wreck

Posted at 2:33 PM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 16:33:04-05

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - An Arizona man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for driving drunk last year in El Paso and causing a six-vehicle wreck that killed two people.
    
Forty-eight-year-old Sterling Ashcroft of Fountain Hills, Arizona, pleaded guilty Friday to four charges, including two counts of murder, and was later sentenced.
    
The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/1UKHSp3 ) Ashcroft was driving on Interstate 10 in August 2014 when his pickup rear-ended a car, triggering a series of collisions as vehicles were slowing for traffic.
    
A 29-year-old man driving the car initially struck by Ashcroft and a 55-year-old woman who was a passenger in another car died at the scene.
    
Ashcroft has been in jail since his arrest following the wreck.
    
Members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving attended his court proceedings.