Bakdash gets 40 year sentence.

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Tim Bakdash was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for running down a group of University of Minnesota students one year ago, according to the Star Tribune.

Bakdash, 30, showed little emotion as the judge delivered his sentence. His attorney said Bakdash has been on several medication for depression, and that emotions are hard to come by, according to the Pioneer Press.

Bakdash did apologize to the family of Benjamin Van Handel, who Bakdash killed, as well as the two victims that survived and their families, according to the Pioneer Press.

Van Handel's family and friends wore baby blue shirts with the letter B on the front and the dates of his birth and death, according to the Star Tribune.

The punishment was more than twice what the defense had wanted, and even more that what the prosecution argued would be appropriate, according to the Pioneer Press.

Bakdash will be nearly 57 when he will be eligible for parole, according to the Pioneer Press.

The sentencing came exactly a year and a day from the night Bakdash drunkenly drove onto the Dinkytown sidewalk and hit the three victims, according to the Pioneer Press.

A jury found Bakdash guilty of second-degree murder and eight other felonies last month, according to the Star Tribune.

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