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Meth driver sentenced for killing Burnsville woman

MINNEAPOLIS - An Apple Valley man, who was high on meth when he ran a red light and killed a Burnsville motorist in Minnetonka in September 2013, has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.

MINNEAPOLIS - An Apple Valley man, who was high on meth when he ran a red light and killed a Burnsville motorist in Minnetonka in September 2013, has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.

Darvin Roy Basche, 51, was given 81 months in prison for criminal vehicular homicide, the strongest sentence allowed under state sentencing guidelines, the Hennepin County attorney’s office said Wednesday.

On Jan. 15, Basche admitted that he drove under the influence of methamphetamine and caused the death of Elizabeth Pan-Chung-Ping Ketcher, 58, of Burnsville.

After listening to a crime victim impact statement from Ketcher’s eldest daughter, Hennepin County District Judge Gina Brandt on Wednesday sentenced Basche to prison. Basche’s lawyer asked for a probationary sentence.

Ketcher, her daughter said, was on her way to a new job at Excelsior Elementary School.

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Basche stayed at the scene and police gave him a breath test, which was negative for alcohol. A subsequent blood test, however, was positive for methamphetamine.

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