Drunk driver gets max sentence for crashing into Zimmerman business, killing worker

He'll serve an 81-month prison sentence.
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A drunk-driver who crashed his SUV into a business in Zimmerman, Minnesota, killing one worker and injuring four others, has been sentenced to 81 months in prison.

Robert Allen Johnson, 65, of Zimmerman, had previously been convicted of criminal vehicular homicide and four counts of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm for the crash on Sept. 11, 2017.

Johnson drove his Chevy Tahoe into the Reliant Systems building in Zimmerman, killing 51-year-old Daniel Elliott.

Also injured in the crash were employees Kim Mills, Michael Milano, Heidi Olerich and Samantha Sanders.

The Tahoe was traveling eastbound on Fremont Avenue when it left the road, slamming into the building that houses Reliant System, a precision manufacturing company, before continuing 30-40 feet into the interior.

Johnson had a blood-alcohol concentration of .10 at the time, and after being convicted by a jury, was handed the harshest sentence possible based on sentencing guidelines.

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Judge Mary Yunker gave him a 81-month sentence this week, denying Johnson's argument for probation.

"A great loss was suffered by the families and the community due to the actions of one person,” said Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney in a news release from the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.

"We recognize that the court decision today will never offset the loss. We only hope that the decision will allow the families some small solace."

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