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Man pleads guilty to fatal crash w/ OK teachers

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 13:27:25-04

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- A 38-year-old Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of two Guthrie Junior High School teachers in an auto crash.

Rocky Steven Baca pleaded guilty Monday in Payne County District Court and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Another eight years was suspended, provided Baca meets probation requirements that include nearly $32,000 in restitution to the victim's families and $20 per month to Guthrie Junior High School

Baca was charged in the October 2014, deaths of 24-year-old Jennifer Lea Briggs and 27-year-old Heather Marie Wilson in a head-on collision on Highway 33 as the women were heading to school.

Prosecutors say Baca was under the influence of synthetic marijuana when he crossed the center line and collided with the women's car.

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