Nebraska prosecutors appeal, saying prison sentence for York man in crash death too lenient


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YORK, Nebraska — York County prosecutors are appealing the five- to 10-year prison sentence of a York man for the 2013 crash death of an Aurora teacher.

Deputy York County Attorney Benjamin Dennis tells the York News-Times ( ) that 39-year-old Otis Newcomb's sentence handed down by Judge James Stecker last month is "excessively lenient."

Newcomb pleaded no contest in July as part of a plea deal that lowered a vehicular homicide charge and dismissed another charge.

Authorities say Newcomb was driving a van on Highway 34 near York in November 2013 when his vehicle collided with a pickup. A passenger in the pickup, 31-year-old Lauren Akerson, was killed. Others in the pickup were injured.

Prosecutors say Newcomb was drinking alcohol prior to the crash.

Information from: York News-Times,

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