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Illinois trucker sentenced to 20 years for 2012 fatal accident

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An Illinois man who killed a family of four during a multi-car pileup on Interstate 80 in last September has been sentenced to spend the next 20 years behind bars.

Today, 37-year-old Josef Slezak was sentenced to 5 years on each of the four charges of Motor Vehicle Homicide. He will serve those sentences consecutively. He was sentenced to 20 to 60 months on one count of Motor Vehicle Homicide Involving an Unborn Child. That charge will run concurrently with the first four counts.

Court documents say a family from Maryland was slowing down for an accident on the highway... when Slezak came from behind and crashed into them.

Killed in the crash were 30-year-old Christopher Schmidt, 28-year-old Diana Schmidt, their children Connor, 2, and Sam, 3. Diana Schmidt was also 30 weeks pregnant.

In a press release from Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub, he says that law enforcement, fire department, and other emergency responders did exceptional work.  Their dedication is very much appreciated.        

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