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Ex-3 Doors Down bassist gets 2 years in deadly Nashville crash

Stacey Barchenger

The Tennessean

Former Three Doors Down band member Todd Harrell pleads guilty on six charges on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Judge Mark Fishburn’s courtroom. The charges, including vehicular homicide, have set Harrell up for a Dec. 18 sentencing trial.
Former Three Doors Down band member Todd Harrell pleads guilty on six charges on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Judge Mark Fishburn’s courtroom. The charges, including vehicular homicide, have set Harrell up for a Dec. 18 sentencing trial. For The Tennessean

Robert "Todd" Harrell, former bassist for the band 3 Doors Down, was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for causing a deadly crash while speeding down a Nashville interstate in April 2013.

In a four-hour hearing Friday, Harrell testified that he was addicted to prescription drugs at the time of the crash. Testing done after the crash showed two narcotics in his system, according to police.

Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn said Harrell's choice to drive at more than 100 mph was reckless and acknowledged that his addiction is an illness. He sentenced Harrell to six years of probation and two years in prison. With credits for good behavior, that sentence could be as short as one year.

Fishburn also ordered a 5-year prison sentence that will be imposed if Harrell violates his probation. Harrell would serve 18 months of that time before being considered for release.

He handed down terms of probation directing Harrell to use his celebrity position for the good of others. Fishburn ordered Harrell to go into schools and speak about drug addiction and work with the Governor's Highway Safety Office on its new anti-DUI campaign.

Harrell will report to prison Dec. 28. His attorney, Dan Warlick, had asked that Harrell be able to spend Christmas with his daughter.

Read the full story on The Tennessean's website.

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