Douglas Landis, Dagmar, Mont., sentenced to 18 months for negligent homicide
Semi-driver Douglas Eugene Landis, 65, of Dagmar, Mont., was sentenced on Wednesday to 36 months in prison, with 18 months suspended, followed by three years supervised probation for the Oct. 5, 2018, crash deaths of David Everett Wilcox, 28, of Tempe, Ariz., and Taylor Ann Denny, 22, of Phoenix, Ariz.
A district court jury in Stanley found Landis guilty of two counts of negligent homicide in August.
Court records show that Judge Richard Hagar also ordered Landis to pay $525 in court costs and to have no contact with the family members of the victims. Landis will receive credit for seven days already served in jail.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Landis was driving a semi truck east on the business loop near New Town and lost control on the snow-covered road as he was negotiating a curve. The semi crossed the center line and struck the westbound pickup driven by Wilcox head on. Wilcox and Denny were killed; Landis was not injured.