Minister gets prison for drunk-driving crash that killed 911 dispatcher

He's been sentenced to 48 months.
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Jenna Bixby

A 73-year-old minister has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for his role in a drunk-driving crash that killed a 911 dispatcher.

Jenna Bixby, 30, of Nowthen, was driving to work when she was struck by an SUV heading the wrong way on Hwy. 252 in Brooklyn Park on the night of Feb. 17, 2018.

She died from her injuries, with the driver of the SUV identified as Blaine's Richard Shaka, a minister and former college professor.

Shaka, now 73, was also seriously injured in the crash, with his blood-alcohol level taken after the collision revealing a reading of 0.168 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

He had been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide, which included grossly negligent driving and DWI, and was sentenced to 48 months in Hennepin County District Court this week.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office told BMTN that he'll spend the first 32 months of that in prison, with the rest on supervised release.

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Per the Star Tribune, Shaka told the court that the crash was the "darkest moment of my life," with the newspaper noting that the crash left him in need of a wheelchair and cane.

Shaka taught theology at North Central University between 1996 and 2011, as well as founding All Nations Christian Assembly in Northeast Minneapolis, where he was a senior pastor for 17 years.

Bixby, meanwhile, worked as a 911 dispatcher for the City of Minneapolis.

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