Drunk driver who killed gets 4 years

by Katherine Lymn

The University of Minnesota student that drove drunk and lethally hit another student last October was sentenced to four years and two months in prison, the Star Tribune reported.

John R. Peterson, 23, had interacted with victim Kandyce Stoffel, also 23, at a Dinkytown bar the same night of the accident, according to the original complaint. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 when he hit her at about 3 a.m. the morning of Oct. 24.

Hennepin County judge Mark Wernick, who gave Peterson the maximum jail time, said Peterson “was a good person who had done something horrific,” according to the Strib. Wernick did not offer probation because Peterson was drinking, speeding and lied to officers at the scene, telling them he wasn’t the driver.