HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man has been convicted of second-degree murder in a wreck that killed a teen.
Local media reported 37-year-old Matthew Schmieder was convicted in Hendersonville on Monday and sentenced to between 13 and 16 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Schmieder crossed the center line in a no-passing zone and hit a truck driven by 17-year-old Derek Miller in December 2016.
Investigators said Schmieder was driving between 10 mph (16 kph) and 20 mph (32 kph) over the speed limit and had a revoked driver’s license.
Defense attorney Beth Stang had argued the evidence did not support the murder charge, saying a lesser felony or misdemeanor was more appropriate.
District Attorney Greg Newman said there was plenty of evidence to show Schmieder acted with malice, justifying a murder conviction.