Ohio man is sentenced to 20 years in prison

An Ohio man is sentenced to twenty years in prison after pleading guilty to charges connected to a deadly traffic accident.

Police say 27 year-old Matthew Merriman was under the influence when he hit a curb and flipped on Highway 522 in Harlan County back in April.

His girlfriend, 50 year-old Janie Simpson of Loyall, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

She died almost instantly.

Merriman was sentenced on five different charges, including second degree manslaughter.

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