Man To Be Jailed Yearly On Date Of Fatal Crash

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man will spend every May 10th in jail for the next ten years for a crash that killed his best friend.

A judge in Dakota County District Court imposed the unusual sentence Monday for Matthew Russell Willis. The 26-year-old was speeding on an Inver Grove Heights road May 10, 2008 and crashed his car into an SUV, killing a passenger in his BMW, Eric Nardini. Willis and two people in the SUV were severely injured.

Judge Kathryn Messerich said the staggered sentence was to remind Willis of the crime he committed. The Pioneer Press reports Willis was also ordered to serve 60 days in jail immediately in addition to 30 days beginning each May 10th.

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