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A Las Vegas man was sentenced Monday to a year in jail in connection with a single-car rollover in southern Utah two years ago that claimed the life of his 13-year-old son.
Brandon Todd Arduino, 43, was initially charged with second-degree felony automobile homicide and third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance for the Sept. 23, 2009, death of Brandon Christopher Arduino-Boggs.
As part of a plea deal, Arduino pleaded guilty to a lesser count of class A misdemeanor negligent homicide and the other counts were dismissed.
Fifth District Judge James Shumate handed down the maximum sentence of one year in jail, but also gave Arduino credit for the more than 16 months he has spent in jail awaiting resolution of the case.
Arduino was heading south from Cedar City, where he had appeared in court on a charge of distribution of a controlled substance, when his car veered off Interstate 15 and rolled multiple times.
His son, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed. Arduino, who was buckled in, escaped with a minor injury to his hand.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers said they found prescription bottles of OxyContin and hydrocodone in the car.
A two-day jury trial in the Cedar City drug case is set to begin March 3.