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Idaho man convicted in fatal crash from improperly maintained brakes

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A jury has convicted an Idaho truck driver of negligent homicide in a fatal crash in North Dakota.

The charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. Fifty-eight-year-old Clark Christensen, of Shelley, Idaho, could have faced up to 10 years had he been convicted on the original charge of manslaughter.

Authorities alleged Christensen was driving a semitrailer that plowed into several vehicles stopped at a red light just west of Minot in May 2013 because his brakes were not properly maintained. Christensen said a sneezing fit and not bad brakes led to the crash.

Eight vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and 21-year-old Megan Shoal was killed. She was a Minot State University student from Plentywood, Montana.

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