Man sentenced to 24 years for fatal crash

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A suspected drug dealer who caused a fatal crash while fleeing Pinellas Park police has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

A circuit judge handed down the sentence Friday after 20-year-old Devonta Merriex pleaded guilty to several charges, including third-degree murder.

Police say undercover detectives bought crack cocaine from a man riding with Merriex in July. When police tried to make an arrest, Merriex sped off and crashed into 32-year-old Nachenga Robinson's car.

The mother of three was killed in the crash.

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