Tucson man gets 7.5 years in fatal DUI crash

2013-12-16T17:00:00Z 2013-12-17T07:56:09Z Tucson man gets 7.5 years in fatal DUI crashBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A man who pleaded guilty in a fatal DUI crash will spend the next 7ƒ years in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Paul Tang sentenced Thomas Lancaster on Monday for the February crash that left one man dead.

Lancaster, 20, pleaded guilty in October to manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the death of Steven Williams, 38.

In February, Lancaster crashed his car head-on into Williams’ car after crossing a median on West Grant Road near Interstate 10.

Court documents say Lancaster was extremely intoxicated at the time of collision, with blood-alcohol content greater than .20 percent, well above the state DUI level of .08 percent.

Tang sentenced Lancaster to a mitigated term of imprisonment, citing the defendant’s acceptance of responsibility and remorse.

Lancaster could have been sentenced to as many as 21 years in prison.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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