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Man sentenced in crash that killed SH teens


August 4, 2021

IN MEMORY of Shelby and Caleb Simonis, mule equestrians stand in front of the Linn County Courthouse July 28 during sentencing of the driver who killed them.

A Junction City man who was convicted in June by a Linn County Circuit Court jury of killing two Sweet Home teens while driving drunk on Highway 228 was sentenced last week to nearly 15 years in prison.

A 12-member jury found Austyn Hillsman, now 22, guilty on June 11, after a four-day trial, of two counts of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

Judge David Delsman sentenced Hillsman to 75 months in prison for each of the manslaughter convictions, and 28 months for the assault charge, with no possibility of sente...

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