Sep 11, 2014 5:28 PM by News Staff
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - A drunken driver who hit and killed a pedestrian near San Diego then drove off and bought more beer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Prosecutor Cally Bright tells U-T San Diego that Wednesday's sentence was part of a plea agreement made for 34-year-old Michael Palmer after he pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired and leaving the scene of a crash.
The sentence was enhanced because of priors, including a 2000 conviction for misdemeanor drunken driving and hit-and-run.
Authorities say Palmer had been out of prison three weeks when he went for a drive, killing 20-year-old Jacob Greenwald as Greenwald walked home from work at McDonald's.
The accident was captured on videotape. So was his stop at a store to buy beer.
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