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Man begins 16-month sentence in death of passenger

Posted: July 8, 2013 6:03 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2013 6:03 p.m.

A Bakersfield man arrested in the February traffic death of a Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison for manslaughter, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Monday.

James Samuel Buterbaugh, 25, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Friday and began serving the sentence to which he had agreed three months ago.

In April, he entered a plea of no contest to the charge of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in exchange for 16 months’ jail time.

On Feb. 3, shortly after 4 a.m., Meagan Elizabeth Carrier, 24, died when the 2007 Honda Pilot in which she was a passenger in Buterbaugh’s car slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer stopped on the right shoulder of the northbound Interstate 5 just south of Templin Highway, a CHP investigator said.

Buterbaugh was initially charged with vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, possessing a “large capacity magazine” of ammunition and carrying a loaded handgun that was not registered, according to a copy of the criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, however, pursued just the manslaughter charge in proceedings at San Fernando Superior Court.
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