Man gets 18 years for crash that killed soldier

WACO, Texas (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for a car accident that killed a Fort Hood soldier on the Central Texas Army post.

Ravis Neal Key II, of Killeen, was sentenced today in federal court in Waco about a month after he pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter in the death of Sgt. Andre M. Araujo.

A federal judge also ordered Key to pay more than $8,000 restitution and be under three years of supervised release after finishing his prison term.

Authorities say Key was driving more than 75 miles per hour at Fort Hood in late June when he slammed into Araujo's vehicle, which was stopped at a traffic light.

It then slid into the intersection where it was hit by a third vehicle and caught fire.

Araujo, of Jacksonville, N.C., died in the hospital two days later.

Authorities said tests revealed the presence of drugs in Key's blood, including high levels of opiates and amphetamines.

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