The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the motor vehicle homicide conviction of a man whose rock truck smashed into a car in 2008, killing the car's teenage driver.
Arthur Perina was sentenced in 2009 to two years' probation for
misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide and failure to obey a traffic signal.
Police have said Perina ran a red light and hit a car driven by 17-year-old Joshua Wayland. Wayland was killed, and his 16-year-old
brother, Jacob, was seriously injured.
The state's high court rejected Perina's argument that Nebraska's misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide law "criminalizes mere negligence."