A 47-year-old Tacoma man was sentenced Friday to nine years, eight months in prison for causing a fatal wreck last year.
Karl Morine previously pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in the Dec. 12 crash that killed 57-year-old Kenton Selander of Lakewood and left another person injured.
Deputy prosecutor Tim Jones and defense attorney Jack McNeish jointly recommended the high-end sentence for Morine, and Judge Helen Whitener imposed it during a hearing in Superior Court.
The conviction was Morine’s second under Washington’s “three strikes you’re out” law. He has a previous conviction for robbery and would face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of another “most serious offense.”
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Prosecutors said Morine was drunk when his SUV T-boned a minivan that had run a stop sign at South 32nd Street and Pacific Avenue, fatally injuring the driver, Selander, and leaving a passenger in Morine’s car hurt.
Prosecutors said Morine blew a 0.298 on a portable breathalyzer right after the wreck. That’s more than three times the legal blood-alcohol level of 0.08.
Morine apologized for his actions in court Friday.