Man driving drunk and high gets 6 years in prison, license revoked after killing cyclist

Kurtis Linn mug shot courtesy Multnomah County Jail

A 24-year-old man was sentenced to more than 6 years in prison Wednesday and will have his license revoked for hitting and killing a bicyclist last year.

Kurtis Allen Linn was driving 80 mph on SE Stark near 212th Avenue on Oct. 8, 2017 when he lost control, hitting a bicyclist and a Ford Escape.

The bicyclist, who was identified as 56-year-old Albert Sawdon, died at the scene. The driver of the Ford Escape was also injured.

Officials say Linn had a BAC of .12 percent and also had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

“This resolution was heavily negotiated,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic said. “The plea agreement and sentencing takes into account the defendant’s lack of a criminal record prior to this incident and subsequent expressions of remorse. This was a very serious incident and the defendant will have to live with the realities of his actions for the rest of his life. When you take everything into consideration, this is an appropriate sentence for the defendant.”

Linn told the court he has received substance abuse treatment while in custody.

He was sentenced to 75 months in prison and his driving privileges have been revoked for the rest of this life.

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