Former central Indiana police officer gets maximum 11 years for causing fatal crash

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ANDERSON, Indiana — A judge has sentenced a former central Indiana police officer to the maximum 11 years for causing a crash that killed a man and injured his pregnant wife.

The judge suspended three years of the sentence handed to former Edgewood Officer James Foutch on Thursday.

Foutch pleaded guilty last month to charges of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness.

Authorities say Foutch was off duty and under the influence of an anti-anxiety drug and a painkiller when his SUV going more than 90 mph plowed into the rear of a car on Indiana 32 near Anderson on April 6, 2014. The crash killed 23-year-old Jesse Sperry of Noblesville and injured his 22-year-old wife, Rebecca Sperry, who gave birth that day to a daughter by emergency C-section.

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