Trucker to spend 6 months in jail for crash that killed officer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A judge ordered a trucker whose speeding rig killed an off-duty University of Tennessee police officer in a crash to spend six months in jail.

Steven Allen Qualls Junior, of Kingsport, will serve the remaining four-year sentence on probation.

Qualls was convicted of criminally negligent homicide after his tractor-trailer crashed into the car of U-T Police Officer Benjamin Arthur Bohanan in November 2004.

Qualls had been found guilty of three previous speeding violations. Qualls must report to jail or inform the court of intent to appeal by April 9.

The Knox County Criminal Court judge ordered the jail time because of the especially violent nature of the accident.

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