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Trucker sentenced for careless driving in death of Saskatchewan man in Montana

Canadian trucker Jaroslav Kleberc was sentenced for careless driving in the death of Marvin Knutson of Swift Current, Sask., in Montana.
Canadian trucker Jaroslav Kleberc was sentenced for careless driving in the death of Marvin Knutson of Swift Current, Sask., in Montana. Google Maps

A Canadian trucker has been sentenced for careless driving in the death of a Saskatchewan man in Montana last year.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Jaroslav Kleberc of Bell Island, N.L., was sentenced Friday to six months in jail in the death of Marvin Knutson, 72, of Swift Current, Sask. He has already served nearly a year.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan man killed in crash with semi on Montana Interstate 15

Prosecutors said Kleberc hit Knutson’s van when he drove his semi-trailer through an “authorized vehicles only” turnaround on Interstate 15 near Great Falls and continued driving.

Klerbec was arrested in Texas.

District Judge John Kutzman also gave Kleberc a 10-year suspended sentence with the Department of Corrections for tampering with evidence.

Knutson’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against Kleberc and his trucking firm.

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