MISSOULA — A Thompson Falls man who killed a man and his fiancee in a drunk driving crash that also injured two children has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 20 years suspended.
The Missoulian reports that 46-year-old Lance Pavlik was sentenced last week by Sanders County Judge C.B. McNeil.
Pavlik in January pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence following a head-on crash in September that killed 32-year-old Jeremiah Abel Bennett of Thompson Falls and his fiancee, 23-year-old Christina Rae Jackson of Noxon.
Bennett’s children, ages 4 and 2, were injured. Court records say Pavlik’s blood-alcohol level was 0.245, or just over three times the legal limit, shortly after the crash.
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