OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison after being convicted of six counts of DUI/manslaughter in the deaths of his five children and an adult family friend last year.
Prosecutors say 34-year-old Duane John Sr. was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years on each count to run consecutively for a total 90 years. Fifteen years were suspended leaving 75 to serve.
He was tried in Lafayette County Circuit Court in Oxford on a change of venue.
Authorities say the accident occurred near the Neshoba-Newton County line on Dec. 29, 2012, when John's SUV careened off a road and into a rain-swollen creek.
John and two other adults escaped serious injury in the incident.
The victims were members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.