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Suspect in deadly DUI crash sentenced
Wednesday, June 27, 2012


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's taken almost 3 years, but Jabari Harding now knows his fate -- 10 years behind bars for killing two Allen University students in a DUI crash.

The accident happened back in August 2009 at the corner of Gervais and Harden Street. Investigators say Harding left a Vista bar with a blood alcohol level of .08 and slammed his truck into a car. The crash killed 20-year-old Jerry Blanding and 18-year-old Candice Davis.

The victims' families sat together in court as the sentence was handed out to the 30-year-old former Army staff sergeant as part of a plea agreement.

Harding apologized to the victim's families. He said not a day goes by where he doesn't think about the pain he's caused.

It was Harding's second time entering a guilty plea. He withdrew his first one after a judge refused to accept a negotiated sentence of 7 years last August.

This time though, a different judge decided 10 years was an appropriate punishment for two counts of reckless homicide.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/18888509/suspect-in-deadly-dui-crash-sentenced

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