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Nicholas Kulhanek (mug shot BCSO)



A man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in March has been sentenced to twenty years in prison.

Barry County prosecutor Johnnie Cox says Kulhanek was drunk when he turned his truck into the path of motorcyclist Aaron Poston on Highway 39 last July.

According to the probable cause statement,  "Kulhanek told Trooper Kyle Knight that he had "a couple of drinks, not that many" before getting behind the wheel. When Knight attempted to have Kulhanek perform a series of field sobriety tests the man could "barley walk and needed assistance from three officers to stand." A warrant had to be issued so authorities could have Kulhanek's blood drawn to be tested after he refused to voluntarily provide samples.

Kulhanek, who was charged as a prior and persistent offender, also pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.  He was sentenced to 4 years in prison on each of those convictions, which will be served concurrently (at the same time) as the 20 year sentence.

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