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11 Year Sentence For Driver In Crash Which Killed Trooper

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Michael Pajak appears at Hartford Superior Court to plead no contest.  Image from Channel 3 pool video.

Michael Pajak appears at Hartford Superior Court to plead no contest. Image from Channel 3 pool video.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ An Enfield man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for causing a crash that killed a Connecticut state trooper last year.

Thirty-three-year-old Michael Pajak looked at the trooper’s family and apologized at his sentencing Monday in Hartford Superior Court.

He had faced a maximum of 14 years but the judge said there were no drugs or alcohol in his system.

He pleaded no contest in June to manslaughter and assault charges in the September 2010 accident that killed Trooper Kenneth Hall on Interstate 91 north in Enfield.

Prosecutors say Pajak’s pickup truck was going at least 80 mph when it veered from the left lane into the right shoulder and struck Hall’s parked cruiser. Hall had just made a traffic stop and was sitting inside the car.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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