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Dump truck driver to be sentenced Sept. 21 in deaths of four motorcyclists

August 24, 2012

An Arizona driver who killed four motorcyclists and injured five others when he drove his 23,000-pound dump truck into the back of the group at a Phoenix stoplight in 2010 has been found guilty.

The driver, Michael Jakscht, was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and four counts of endangerment on Aug. 15 in a retrial of the case.

Jakscht will be sentenced Sept. 21. He faces up to 21 years in prison for each of the manslaughter charges and 15 years for each of the aggravated assault charges.

The retrial began June 11. Jakscht was on trial on charges related to a March 25, 2010 crash in Phoenix in which he allegedly was under the influence of methamphetamine when he plowed into motorcyclists stopped at a traffic signal.

An earlier trial ended in a mistrial when jurors deadlocked 9-3 for acquittal. Motorcyclists who died as a result of the crash were Daniel Butler, 35; Clyde Nachand, 67; Stephen Punch, 52; and Dale Downs-Totonchi, 47.

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