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Man from Seymour apologized for fatal DWI crash before receiving prison sentence

January 07, 2011|by Mike Landis, KY3 News | mlandis@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It was an emotional day in court as friends and family remembered a life lost. All the while, the man who admitted to taking that life listened quietly, displaying little emotion at all.

Shane Young, 24, of Seymour sat in a Greene County courtroom for his sentencing hearing on Friday. Late last year Young pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the death of Daniel Kinnaird, 20, in November 2009.

Springfield police said Young's blood alcohol level was at .212 percent, way beyond the legal limit for drivers of 0.08 percent, when he crashed into Kinnaird’s car at the U.S. 60/U.S. 65 interchange in Springfield in November 2009. Daniel’s girlfriend also suffered injuries during the collision, and continues to deal with medical problems stemming from the incident.

During the hearing, Young offered an apology to both the victim’s family and his own.

“I just want to say I am sorry for all the pain and hurt that I caused.  It’s a life-changing experience. I've got to deal with it too every day, being locked up over it. And it’s hard," he said.

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In the end, Greene County Circuit Judge Calvin Holden handed down a 20-year sentence.  As Young was escorted out of the courtroom, Kinnaird’s family began moving in a direction of its own: “Forward,” said Shawn Kinnaird, Daniel's father.  “Obviously we will think about him [Daniel] every year, every day.  There is an empty spot."

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