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Man ordered to hang victim's photo in cell

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JACKSON, Mich., May 30 (UPI) -- A Michigan judge has ordered a manslaughter defendant to have a picture of the woman he killed hanging in his prison cell for the next 10 years.

Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain went beyond the sentencing guidelines in sending David Ray Smith, 27, Albion to prison for 10-22 years for the June death of Diane Sigers.

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The Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot said Friday that Smith was behind the wheel of a Cadillac that plowed into Sigers' smaller car at an intersection. Witnesses said Smith had been drinking and driving recklessly just before the crash.

"You actually accelerated once you saw her car enter the intersection," McBain said to Smith during Thursday's hearing. "You were out there playing chicken."

The newspaper said it was not immediately known if McBain's order to have Sigers' picture hung in Smith's cell would be carried out due to corrections department rules on individualizing cells.

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