A teenager who admitted smoking marijuana before an accident that killed his two friends was sentenced Wednesday to up to four years in state prison.
Darnell Fletcher, 17, of Poughkeepsie, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter in August. He didn't have a driver's license at the time of the Jan. 13 crash that killed his passengers, John Coleman Jr. and Michael Galban, both 15.
Police said Fletcher's car, which he took from his grandmother's home health aide without permission, was traveling 60 mph when it crossed the median of a city street and collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle.
During Wednesday's sentencing, Fletcher cried as Coleman's mother, Natasha West, testified about "life without my first-born son."