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Mich. man gets month in jail for texting crash


A Lapeer man who police say caused a fatal crash while texting and driving has been sentenced to a month in jail and 12 months of probation.

WDIV-TV reports that 41-year-old Jerry Joseph was also ordered Wednesday to pay $5,925 in fines. He pleaded guilty last month to a moving violation causing death and to driving without insurance stemming from a Nov. 30 crash that killed 78-year-old Irene Paquin of Lapeer County's Attica Township.

Authorities say Joseph ran a stop sign and broadsided a vehicle driven by Paquin's 81-year-old husband, who was seriously hurt in the crash.

Police later determined Joseph was texting on his phone at the time of the crash. Lapeer County prosecutors said texting was a contributing factor in Joseph's failure to stop at the sign.

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