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Sentencing postponed for truck driver who killed motorcyclists

September 26, 2012

An Arizona dump truck driver who killed four motorcyclists and injured five others in a crash at a Phoenix stoplight in 2010 will be sentenced on Nov. 16.

The driver, Michael Jakscht, was to be sentenced Sept. 21 but the sentencing was postponed.

He 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. 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 a group of motorcyclists stopped at a traffic signal.

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