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Conner guilty of killing bicyclist while driving drunk

7/15/2005 - NFL

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former NFL player Darion Conner was sentenced
to 15 years in prison Thursday for killing a bicyclist while he was
driving drunk.

A jury found Conner guilty last week of DUI-manslaughter and
vehicular homicide.

Witnesses testified they saw the 37-year-old Conner driving his
Toyota Land Cruiser erratically before slamming into Jonathan
Michael Conklin around 1:50 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2004. The collision
sent Conklin, 32, flying about 200 feet through the air,
prosecutors said. He died at the scene.

Investigators who arrived a few minutes later said they found
Conner passed out behind the wheel with alcohol on his breath. His
blood-alcohol level was tested at 0.27, more than three times the
legal limit of 0.08.

Conner spent eight seasons as a linebacker and defensive lineman
in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles. The Jackson
State University product spent the last six years of his career
playing for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.