Man convicted of vehicular homicide in SD accident that killed researchers gets over 30 years

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LAKE ANDES, South Dakota — A South Dakota man accused of driving drunk and killing two federal wildlife researchers has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

The 30-year-old Ronald Fischer Jr. on Monday was ordered to serve 15 years in prison for each count of vehicular homicide. The Lake Andes man earlier this year was convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide, misdemeanor DUI, marijuana possession and ingesting.

Authorities say Fischer was driving drunk on July 8, 2013 in the Pickstown area when he failed to stop at a stop sign. Authorities say his vehicle went into a parking lot, where it struck and killed 25-year-old Maegan Spindler, of Cazenovia, New York, and 46-year-old Robert Klumb, of Pierre.

The two U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employees were in the area conducting tests on the Missouri River.

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