Man sentenced in crash that killed two

Posted: Friday, September 07, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for a crash that killed two young boys and injured their grandparents last year.

Robert Richardson, 36, pleaded no contest in March to second-degree murder and assault.

Richardson's blood alcohol level was .175, well above the former legal limit of .10, when his pickup truck crossed the center line at Mile 1.3 of Portage Glacier Road July 12, 2000 according to Alaska State Troopers. The legal limit was changed Saturday to 0.08.

Kevin D. Blake, 15, of Tatitlek and Kenneth Kramer, 11, of Wasilla were killed in the crash. They were on their way to Whittier to go fishing. Troopers said Blake was driving the car, with his grandfather beside him.

Troopers said that 20 minutes before the crash, a tow truck driver pulled Richardson's truck from deep water off the road. The tow truck driver told Richardson he was too drunk to drive, but didn't think he had the legal authority to take Richardson's keys.

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