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FAYETTEVILLE — A Springdale man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Wade Schyler Boggs, 24, was sentenced to 20 years at the Arkansas Department of Correction with five years suspended, fined $400 and assessed $300 in court costs.

Springdale police arrested Boggs on July 26 after his vehicle hit a 53-year-old man who was walking on Ranch Drive about 9:30 p.m., according to police reports.

The man was taken to Northwest Medical Center, and died in late 2017, police said.

Boggs wasn’t found guilty of driving while intoxicated, a move Prosecutor Matt Durrett said was procedural because of the way the state’s negligent homicide statute is written. Driving while intoxicated is considered a lesser included offense of negligent homicide, Durrett explained.

Boggs failed field sobriety tests and police measured his blood alcohol content at .304 after his arrest, according to police.

The legal limit is .08 in Arkansas.

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