ND - Manslaughter

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A man accused of causing a crash that killed a father and two children in North Dakota's oil patch has been sentenced to five years behind bars.

William Koehler earlier pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter in the August crash in Divide County. Court documents say Koehler was on his cellphone when he hit the victims' vehicle which was stopped for road construction on Highway 5.

Lesley Gunderson and his two daughters, ages 2 and 8, were killed. Gunderson's 4-year-old son was seriously injured in the crash.

Koehler faced a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

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