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Minn. man gets 2 months in jail in fatal hit-run

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A Rosemount man has been sentenced to two months in jail for a 2009 hit-and-run that fatally injured a deaf woman.

A judge Tuesday also sentenced 44-year-old Eric James Hunter to three years probation.

Hunter pleaded guilty in October to leaving the scene of an accident that caused a death, a felony. That followed a 2010 trial that ended in a hung jury and a Minnesota Court of Appeals battle over whether he could be retried.

Joan LeVasseur, 26, of Apple Valley was struck at an intersection in Apple Valley. Accident reconstruction determined LaVasseur was crossing the street against a red light in the dark. She died a week later.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports if Hunter violates probation, he faces a year and a month in prison.

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