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Bakdash Sentenced To 40 Years For Fatal ‘U’ Hit-And-Run

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A wrong-way drunk driver who hit three people in Dinkytown was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Monday.

Last month, a jury found Timothy Bakdash guilty in nine of the 12 criminal counts he faced, after nearly eight hours of deliberation. He was not convicted on first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

Prosecutors said he ran over a group of University of Minnesota students on purpose last April.

The incident killed 23-year-old Ben Van Handel and injured Katelynn Hanson and Sarah Bagley. Bagley suffered severe leg injuries in the crash.

Police say Bakdash was upset over an argument at a nearby bar. They say he drove down the wrong way of a one-way street — 5th Street Southeast — and hit the students.

Bakdash’s lawyers say the incident could not be defined as a “premeditated” act because Bakdash was too drunk and high at the time.

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