Driver sentenced in restaurant crash

LAS VEGAS -- A driver who pleaded guilty to DUI charges after plowing his car into a Las Vegas restaurant was sentenced to six to 20 years in prison, during a sentencing hearing Thursday.

Twenty-year-old Gage James Lindsey had faced up to 40 years in prison. He is eligible for parole in six years and was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution.

"This is way beyond your typical DUI, under the influence-type accident, as horrific as those are, this is, if it's even possible, more horrific," Judge Valerie Adair said.

Prosecutors say Lindsey was under the influence of prescription drugs, marijuana and synthetic spice when he crashed into the Egg & I restaurant west of the Las Vegas Strip on April 1, 2013.

Ten people were injured. Some of those hurt in the crash spoke out in court Thursday.

"All of these people would have not have gotten hurt! You and your friend. Both of you guys should have stood there if you were so concerned about these victims. Nobody should have chased after you, including myself," victim Beatriz Guzman said.

 Lindsey pleaded guilty in May to two charges of felony DUI causing substantial bodily harm. Prosecutors dropped four other charges as part of a plea deal.

Lindsey's attorney, Sean Sullivan, has said he'll seek a two-to-20 year prison term at sentencing.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)



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