Highway Prank Gets Teens 4-Year Prison Sentences

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - Two central Floridians charged with being
accessories to manslaughter for a prank that led to a police
officer's death have been sentenced to four years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Katie Jo Peller of Lakeland and 19-year-old Eric
Biggs of Deltona were sentenced Friday. They had pleaded no contest.

Along with a third person, they placed a plastic lawn chair in
the middle of Interstate 4 near Deltona in July 2007. A Longwood
Police sergeant swerved to avoid it and hit a guardrail. He
survived the crash, but was hit by another motorist when he got out
of his car.

The admitted ringleader of the prank, 20-year-old Tyler Jenkins of St. Petersburg, was sentenced to nine years in prison.


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