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Arizona driver gets prison term in deaths of 4 pedestrians

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 11:57:29-05

PHOENIX (AP) — A driver accused in the deaths of four pedestrians near Phoenix in 2018 has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that Alex Bashaw pleaded guilty to four counts of negligent homicide and is serving his prison sentence in Yuma.

Court records show a judge sentenced Bashaw to six years in prison rather than the 16-year maximum that prosecutors sought and was credited with 375 days already spent in jail.

Authorities say the SUV Bashaw was driving jumped a curb and struck married couples from Iowa and Canada as they waited to cross a street in Fountain Hills about 32 miles northeast of Phoenix on March 13, 2018.

Three people were killed in the collision and the fourth person died of his injuries three months later.