GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who pleaded guilty to causing a deadly, drunken-driving crash will be spending several years in prison.
David Johnson pleaded guilty March 8 in Van Buren County Circuit Court to charges of second-degree murder and operating while intoxicated causing death.
As part of a plea deal, he will serve a minimum of 19.5 years in prison. A judge Friday sentenced Johnson to 50 years maximum in prison on one count of 2nd degree murder.
Johnson was also sentenced to 7-15 years in prison on another count of OWI causing death. It is unknown if Johnson will be serving those sentences consecutively.
Investigators said Johnson's blood alcohol content was four-times more than the legal limit when he caused a chain-reaction crash involving three vehicles in November 2012 in Geneva Township.
The head-on collision resulted in the deaths of Brittney King and her nieces -- 4-year-old Cassadi Berryhill and her 2-year-old sister, Kandice Berryhill. The children were not belted properly in the vehicle.
Justin Berryhill, the father of the young girls, was injured.
The driver of the third car -- Kathy Fuentes from South Haven -- was not injured.
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A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night for an innocent bystander who was shot and killed in October.