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Driver in crash that killed Missouri Southern players given probation

Nov. 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM

JOPLIN, Miss., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A driver convicted in the 2011 deaths of two Missouri Southern State University football players was granted probation in Joplin, Mo., court records said.

Jeremy Johnson, 21, was given 120 days of "shock time" in the state prison system at a hearing Aug. 12, but was returned to the court for resentencing Monday after the Missouri Department of Corrections determined he was ineligible for the state's shock incarceration program.

Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Diondre Johnson, 19, and Michael McCrimmons, 19. They, and another man, were passengers in a vehicle Jeremy Johnson was driving when it overturned and came to rest in the opposite lane of the road.

Diondre Johnson was thrown from the vehicle; McCrimmons and the other man remained in the vehicle as it was struck by an oncoming truck.

Jeremy Johnson was later found to have a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit, court records said.

The accident has produced four lawsuits, filed by family members of the deceased football players, the Joplin Globe reported Tuesday.

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