Posted: Apr 25, 2013 2:58 PM by Irina Cates - MTN News
MISSOULA - A Missoula man who killed two of his friends and seriously injured another in a March 2012 DUI crash will spend four years in the Montana Department of Corrections.
Justin Barber will then be on probation for 40 years. He was sentenced on Thursday morning.
Barber was given 10 years in the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended on a count of vehicular homicide while under the influence.
Barber was sentenced to 30 years in the Montana State Prison with all of that time suspended on the second charge of vehicular homicide while under the influence. That will run concurrently with the suspended portion of the sentence on the first count listed above.
Finally, on the count of negligent vehicular assault, Barber received 10 years in prison, but all of that time was suspended.
Judge Ed McLean gave Barber credit for the one year he already served behind bars, meaning that Barber will spend four years in the Montana Department of Corrections.
The crash on Hillview Way took the life of Jason McDonald, 20, of Frenchtown, and Joshua Gruebele, 18, of Missoula.