Springfield man sentenced in drunken crash that led to amputation

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A repeat drunken driver whose blood alcohol-level measured three times the legal limit when he injured a pedestrian so seriously that one of his legs had to be amputated has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Greene County prosecutor’s office announced Friday that 44-year-old William Jeremiah Shelton, of Springfield, also was ordered last month to pay the victim $29,000 in restitution for driving while intoxicated and causing serious physical injury.

Prosecutors say Shelton lost control of his vehicle in September 2018 while taking a turn too fast and pinned a man who had been waiting to cross the street to a traffic pole. 

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