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Minn. man gets 2 months in jail in fatal hit-run

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HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Rosemount man has been sentenced to two months in jail for a 2009 hit-and-run that fatally injured a deaf woman.

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A judge Tuesday also sentenced 44-year-old Eric James Hunter to three years probation.

Hunter pleaded guilty in October to leaving the scene of an accident that caused a death, a felony. That followed a 2010 trial that ended in a hung jury and a Minnesota Court of Appeals battle over whether he could be retried.

Twenty-six-year-old Joan LeVasseur of Apple Valley was struck at an intersection in Apple Valley. Accident reconstruction determined LaVasseur was crossing the street against a red light in the dark. She died a week later.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/TJnabP ) reports if Hunter violates probation, he faces a year and a month in prison.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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