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Eagan man sentenced to 4 years in prison after crash

On Friday, a judge ruled that an Eagan man would be sentenced to four years in prison for killing a University of Minnesota student while driving under the influence, reported the Star Tribune.

Logan H. McFarland ran a stoplight on Jan. 28, 2007 in Apple Valley and struck the car of university student Rebecca F. Yacob. The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. after McFarland spent the night drinking with friends. McFarland, who is 20, was put on probation for underage drinking 19 days prior to the accident.

McFarland has served eight months of his time and with good behavior he can be released in about 28 months. He was forced to pay a fine of $600 and will also have to pay an additional undetermined amount of restitution.

The Pioneer Press reported that McFarland had four other alcohol-related convictions and another arrest before the fatal crash occurred. Three of the incidents were motor vehicle-related.

“I’m just hoping this sentence will set an example for others,? said Yacob’s cousin, Russom Solomon. “He was on probation when he did this. Accidents happen, people make mistakes, but when you’re constantly doing something wrong in a tragic way, you’re bound to do something major.? (Pioneer Press)

Yacob was on the University of Minnesota’s dean’s list and was preparing to study a semester in Rome. She was 21 years old and moved to Apple Valley 10 years ago from Ethiopia.

McFarland also received an unrelated charge of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. In 2006, he was convicted of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.