Sioux Falls woman pleads guilty to charges connected to fatal crash

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Instead of being tried a second time on charges she drove drunk and killed a man, a Sioux Falls woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and vehicular battery.
     Thirty-year-old Tammy Kvasnicka was sentenced earlier to serve 60 years in prison for the July 2010 crash in which authorities say she drove the wrong way on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls while drunk and hit an oncoming car. It killed 27-year-old Michael Xayavong.
     The state Supreme Court overturned her conviction in March, saying it was improper for a police officer who testified during her trial to compare the force of the crash to more than 900 handguns being fire at once.
     Kvasnicka's new trial was scheduled to start Tuesday. Now she faces 37 1/2 years in prison when she's sentenced.
 AP-WF-08-15-13 2303GMT

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People : Michael XayavongTammy Kvasnicka
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