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Teen who killed 73-year-old man in crash avoids prison

Liam Burke, 18, was sentenced Friday morning to five years probation, one year of home detention, a six year license suspension, and 200 hours of community service.

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 12:36 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2018 5:24 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A Fort Wayne teen charged with felony reckless homicide and criminal recklessness after a deadly two-vehicle crash in May of 2017 will not go to prison.

 Liam Burke, 18, was sentenced Friday morning to five years probation, one year of home detention, a six year license suspension, and 200 hours of community service after he drove 90 miles an hour in a 40 mile an hour zone and hit Fred Neuls, 73, on May 12, 2017 on Ernst Road.

Neuls died from his injuries several days later.

In court Friday, Adam Mildred, with the Allen County Prosecutor's Office, said Neuls was on his way to see his daughter at the time of the crash.

Mildred said Neuls' family is not vengeful, and worked with the state to come up with a plea agreement.

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