BLOOMFIELD — The man who struck two Amish boys while driving, killing one, could spend up to 25 years in prison after being sentenced.

Terry Petary pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle and failure to stop at the scene of an accident. He also pleaded guilty to a separate drug charge.

Petary was charged in June 2018. The crash killed Merlin Beechy, 9, and injured Nathan Beechy, his brother, who was 12 at the time. The boys were walking along 180th Street toward traffic, as pedestrians are advised to do, but were struck from behind.

Authorities matched damage on Petary’s pickup to the description of a vehicle that fled the scene of the crash. He pleaded guilty in June of this year.

The sentence requires Petary to serve a minimum of seven years in prison, and a maximum of 25 years. The sentence for methamphetamine possession will be served at the same time.

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