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NY teen gets 5 to 15 years for wreck that killed 4

By Frank Eltman

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 9:43 a.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 9:43 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014, file photo, Joseph Beer is escorted from the courtroom in Mineola, N.Y., where he reached a plea deal. Beer, a New York City teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree in 2012, killing four of his friends, is due to be sentenced in a Long Island courtroom.

Frank Eltman, Associated Press

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MINEOLA, N.Y. — A New York City teenager involved in a fiery crash on Long Island that killed his four friends has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.

The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence on Tuesday for Joseph Beer.

The Queens resident pleaded guilty in July to aggravated vehicular homicide. He told a Nassau County judge he had smoked marijuana and was speeding when his high-performance sports car crashed into a tree on the Southern State Parkway in October 2012.

A jury in June had deadlocked on the aggravated vehicular homicide charge. A month later, Beer pleaded guilty, saying he wanted to spare the victims' families the ordeal of a second trial.

Beer was 17 at the time of the crash.

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