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Fairbanks man sentenced to 20 years in prison for double-fatal DUI accident

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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 6:12 pm | Updated: 8:24 am, Thu May 30, 2013.

FAIRBANKS-A Fairbanks man will be sentenced to serve a 20-year prison term for causing a double-fatal crash last spring on Nordale Road.

Paul Augustus Kirsteatter, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to two counts of manslaughter and two counts of felony assault. As part of the plea agreement, an unrelated 2011 assault and reckless driving charge was dismissed. A charge of driving with a suspended license from Jan. 2012 was also dismissed.

Kirsteatter was driving a Ford F-250 that went into the oncoming lane and collided with a Dodge Neon containing four people early in the morning of April 7, 2012. The Neon's driver, Colton J. Fettig, 22, of Corvallis, Ore., and passenger Jordan W. Boggs, 22, of North Pole were killed. Passengers Gerald Noy, 18, and Hannah Gustafson, 20, were injured.

Prosecutors had not previously stated Kirsteatter's blood-alcohol-content, which was being sent to the state crime lab at the time of Kirkstetter's arraignment. Assistant District Attorney David Buettner said at Tuesday's hearing that Kirsteatter's blood-alcohol content was 0.229 when it was drawn at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Kirsteatter's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.


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