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Norwegian's wrong turn nets 7 ½ years in AZ prison

Norwegian's wrong turn nets 7 ½ years in AZ prison

CREATED Apr 27, 2012

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) - A Norwegian man who took a wrong turn onto a one-way street during a festival in a small Arizona town has been sentenced to a 7 ½ year prison term that has drawn strong interest in Scandinavia.

 

John Kristoffer Larsgard was convicted of seven charges by a jury in Navajo County last month.

 

The 33-year-old's lawyer says the case is a miscarriage of justice involving a confused driver. But the prosecutors say Larsgard turned his car into a weapon, hitting one woman and nearly running over several others.

 

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/K5tdTG ) that Larsgard and his mother were driving across the U.S. when they had car trouble in Winslow. Returning to town in a rental car, they turned onto a street where the festival was in full swing.

 

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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