Avalanche Survivor Sentenced to Jail

Avalanche Survivor Sentenced to Jail

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A snowboarder who survived a deadly avalanche that killed three of his companions has been sentenced to probation and 60 days in jail for shooting out 200 car windows with a pellet gun.

Twenty-one-year-old John -D- Settle had been charged with three felonies, because one of the cars he shot was an unmarked car with a police officer inside. However, he pleaded guilty in a deal to just one of them -- a third-degree count of failure to stop for a pursuing police officer.

Prosecutors and police have said the shootings in Pleasant Grove, Lindon, American Fork and Orem caused about 40-thousand dollars damage.

The shootings began the day after the December 26th avalanche that killed three other snowboarders and left Settle buried him up to his neck. He survived after a bystander dug him out.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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