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Drunk Driver Gets 15 Yrs. to Life

September 12, 1986|Associated Press

SANTA ANA — A drunk driver responsible for a 1984 head-on auto collision that killed a woman and her three children was sentenced today to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder and other charges.

Michael Wesley Reding, 27, a former engineer for Northrop Corp., sat quietly as Orange County Superior Court Judge James L. Smith pronounced sentence after hearing testimony from Robert Trueblood, the sole surviving member of the family. Reding is the first person convicted in Orange County on second-degree murder charges in a drunk-driving accident.

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