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Illinois man sentenced to 8 years in prison in DUI crash that killed 73-year-old man

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GODFREY, Illinois — A Godfrey man who drove into a house while intoxicated and killed a 73-year-old widower inside has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Jacob Fickle, 25, was sentenced Thursday in Madison county court on charges of driving under the influence resulting in a death. He had pleaded guilty and faced three to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors dropped four other felony charges in the plea deal.

Fickle was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol when he crashed his SUV into the home in January 2013 and killed Marlon Bushnell, authorities said.

Fickle will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence.

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