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Man Gets 9 Years in Plea Deal in Crash that Killed Teacher

COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- A man will spend nine years in prison for what police say was a drunk driving crash that killed a popular teacher.

Melissa Rone, who taught fifth grade at Scottwood Elementary, died last November in the crash on James Road.

Police say Clarence Dickerson crossed two lanes after exiting I-70 and slammed his van into Rone's car while he was drunk.

In pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, Dickerson received a 9 year prison sentence, probation for 5 years after his release and his license revoked for life.

"I don't know how you'd ever get justice for Melissa she was a fine teacher and outstanding Christian did a lot of good with a lot of kids and a lot of adults and I don't know how you ever get justice when she's not here to do that for another 40 years, said Dennis Rone, Melissa's father.

Rone says no amount of time would be long enough, but is relieved Dickerson is off the streets.
 
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