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Trucker sentenced for causing crash that killed family

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A trucker has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he drove his rig almost non-stop from Milwaukee to western Nebraska, where he killed a family in an Interstate crash. 

37-year-old Josef Slezak of River Grove Illinois was sentenced Wednesday, after he struck a plea deal.

Authorities said he fell asleep at the wheel on Interstate 80 near Sidney Nebraska last September, and rear-ended a car. Christopher and Diana Schmidt of Gaithersburg Maryland were killed, along with their children ages 2 and 3. 

Diana was also 30-weeks' pregnant with another child.

Slezak earlier pleaded no contest to four charges of vehicular homicide, plus one similar count involving an unborn children. Four manslaughter charges were dropped in the plea bargain.

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