Drunk driver sentenced to 13 years for accident that killed companion

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man convicted of second-degree murder in a drunken driving accident that killed a companion was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison.

Judge Dan Hensley said Michael Jeffries, 64, is never going to stop drinking and he insists on driving while drunk, so prison is the best place for him until he is so old he can't elude probation officers.

Beulah Dean, 79, a passenger in Jeffries' car, died in an alcohol-fueled collision in the city in February 2000.

Jeffries has six prior drunken driving convictions, starting in 1981.

At the time of the 2000 crash, Jeffries was on probation but had failed to report to his probation officer for three years. His license was revoked until 2018, police said. There were two outstanding warrants for his arrest and he was barred from drinking or being in a place that serves alcohol.

On the day he killed Dean, Jeffries had been drinking all day and had consumed at least a case of beer, Hensley said. His blood alcohol measured out at .270, more than three times the current .08 legal limit.

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