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Woman sentenced in double fatal crash near Byron


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A former Rochester woman was sentenced Tuesday for her role in a double fatal crash near Byron that happened on June 23, 2011.

23-year-old Sondra Dewerd was sentenced to 69 months in jail for causing the crash on U.S. 14 that killed 22-year-old Emory Van Hook of Kasson and 18-year-old Tyler Hoff of Mazeppa. 18-year-old Alexander Korbi was seriously injured. Dewerd has the opportunity to serve the last third of her sentence on supervised probation for good behavior.

Hoff's mother says the maximum penalty still wasn't enough.  "That's out of the judge's hands and I think Judge Chase did a very good job."  When asked where does she go from here she simply said "I don't know..." and broke down in tears.

Dewerd was allegedly driving drunk when she made a U-turn on the highway and drove the wrong way in the westbound lanes.

Dewerd pleaded guilty in May 2012.

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