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Defendant pleads guilty in vehicle fatality

The driver in a 2012 crash that killed one and injured five others in Charlotte pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to up to 7 1/2 years in prison.

Antonio Darrell Johnson, 31, was charged with felony death by motor vehicle and four counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle. He had pleaded not guilty, and his trial was to start Monday. But Johnson changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to between 57 and 90 months by Superior Court Judge Bob Bell.

On Feb. 25, 2012, Johnson drove off from a bar early Saturday morning with five of his friends. On Bellhaven Boulevard, his SUV crossed the center lane and sideswiped an oncoming car. Johnson’s Ford left the road, went airborne and slammed down on its side. Passenger Carlos Frazier, 28, died at the scene. Johnson and the other passengers were seriously injured.

A subsequent analysis found Johnson’s alcohol level at .13.

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