Man gets 9½ to 19 yrs in Loganville fire chief’s death

YORK, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 9½ to 19 years in state prison on a conviction in the death of a fire chief struck by a vehicle while directing traffic last year.

Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Diehl of Shrewsbury was convicted last month in York County of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and homicide by vehicle in the death of 45-year-old Rodney Miller. He was acquitted of a charge of third-degree murder.

Miller, the Loganville fire chief, was struck at the Glen Rock exit on Interstate 83 while he was closing down the highway because of a crash in April 2013.

Diehl sobbed in court Tuesday as he tried to apologize to the victim’s family. Defense attorney Suzanne Smith had sought a term of only five to ten years.

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