Miccosukee man sentenced to 12 years over fatal car accident
Thomas Cypress, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, was sentenced to 12 years in connection with a car accident that killed two people.

Cypress pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI/manslaughter. In addition to prison time, he was ordered to enter a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, to wear a GPS monitoring device for two years and to never drive a vehicle or a boat again.

Cypress also agreed to pay $120,000 for a scholarship fund in honor of Robert and Paulette Kirkpatrick and to pay the family $22,000 for funeral costs. He will make a $2,000 donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The February 2009 incident occurred off the reservation. Tribal police officers were not involved in the investigation, The Miami Herald reported.

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Deadly driver sentenced as tearful family watches (The Miami Herald 7/1)
Cypress Sentenced To 12 Years For DUI Manslaughter (CBS4 6/30)

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