MIAMI (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to driving drunk before a hit-and-run crash that killed a South Florida cyclist has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
A Miami-Dade County judge imposed the sentence Thursday on 32-year-old Carlos Bertonatti, a musician and aspiring pop star. Bertonatti pleaded guilty in February to DUI manslaughter and other charges in the January 2010 crash on Key Biscayne that killed cyclist Christophe LeCanne.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1emJdkg ) reports prosecutors sought an even longer sentence because Bertonatti had racked up 46 previous traffic citations and drove off with LeCanne's bike lodged under his car. Bertonatti's lawyers asked for only four years.
The crash outraged cyclists in Miami and led to calls for greater safety on the causeway to Key Biscayne, a popular cycling route.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com
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