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PRICE, Utah (AP) -- A former Utah Highway Patrol trooper has been sentenced to probation and community service for hitting and killing a boy with his cruiser in 1998.
Courtland E. Childs, who was sentenced Wednesday, was charged with automobile homicide, a third-degree felony. But he later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of negligent homicide.
Childs was driving his patrol car in July 1998 when he struck the boy on his bike at an intersection in Price. Toxicology reports showed Childs had "therapeutic" levels of codeine and two other depressants in his system at the time. Childs' attorney said the trooper took the medications for back pain.
Childs was sentenced to three years of probation and 500 hours of community service.
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