KNOXVILLE (AP) - A drunken hit-and-run driver who killed two University of Tennessee students in a 2002 crash was sentenced to 22 years in prison after a plea agreement.
Michael Shane Younger pleaded guilty Tuesday in Knox County Criminal Court to charges that included two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide for the Sept. 2, 2002, deaths of Christol Lewis and Shamona E Young, both 22.
Younger, who had five prior convictions for drunken driving, had faced 25 years for each death. District Attorney General Randy Nichols said the victims' families approved the agreement.
Lewis' father, the Rev. Jerry D. Lewis, accepted Younger's apology Tuesday for his daughter's death. Younger told Lewis, who pastors a church in Chattanooga, the death of Christol Lewis prompted him to seek salvation.