By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A former Pennsylvania State Trooper who was off-duty and drunk behind the wheel will spend at least six months behind bars in connection with a fiery, deadly crash on the Turnpike near Plymouth Meeting nearly two years ago.

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Barry Searfoss pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DUI and was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Coatesville man had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he collided with a car driven by 21-year-old Robin Williams. The car exploded and she was killed.

Defense attorney Christian Hoey says they’re pleased with the outcome.

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“It doesn’t mitigate, of course, the loss the Williams family sustained. We’re very saddened by that loss, but in the courtroom I think we all got it correct,” Hoey said. “And I think we got the best result possible for everybody involved.”

Prosecutors say there were challenges because the car suffered a catastrophic engine failure causing it to slow down and there was a faulty gas tank. Police say Searfoss was drinking beer for several hours at a charity golf outing designed to raise money for a scholarship named for a woman killed by a drunk driver.


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