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Judge in Gillette sentences man for hit-and-run death of tow-truck driver in 2012


GILLETTTE, Wyoming — A judge in Gillette has sentenced a man to 14 to 18 years in prison for the hit-and-run killing of a tow-truck driver after a night of drinking in November 2012.

Justin Lynn Helsper had pleaded no contest to aggravated vehicular homicide in exchange for a recommended 14- to 18-year sentence from prosecutors.

The Gillette News-Record reports ( ) that he was sentenced this past week by District Judge Thomas W. Rumpke.

Through sobs and tears, Helsper apologized to the family of Larry Schofield, who was helping a stranded motorist on the side of the road when he was struck.

He had been convicted of drunken driving twice before, one involving a hit-and-run incident with a tree.

Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

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