4-year term for Minnesota minister in fatal drunken driving crash

A minister has been sentenced to prison for driving drunk and killing a woman who was on her way to work as a Minneapolis 911 dispatcher.

Posted: May. 15, 2019 11:25 AM
Updated: May. 15, 2019 11:26 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A minister has been sentenced to prison for driving drunk and killing a woman who was on her way to work as a Minneapolis 911 dispatcher.

Seventy-three-year-old Richard Shaka, a former college professor, was sentenced to a four-year term Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court for a February 2018 crash that killed 30-year-old Jenna Bixby on a Brooklyn Park highway.

The Star Tribune reports that with time spent in jail, Shaka will serve the first 2 years in prison and the balance on supervised release.

Prosecutors say Shaka had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent — twice the legal limit for driving in Minnesota — when he crossed into Bixby's lane and struck her vehicle.

Shaka taught theology at North Central University in Minneapolis from 1996 until 2011.

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