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FUKUOKA (Kyodo) The Fukuoka High Court sentenced a former city employee to 20 years in prison Friday for causing the deaths of three children in a 2006 hit-and-run crash while driving under the influence of alcohol, overturning a 7 1/2-year sentence given by a lower court.

The high court said Futoshi Imabayashi, 24, had drunk a substantial amount of alcohol and should face the charge of dangerous driving, which is substantially more serious than the charge of professional negligence resulting in death and injury applied by the Fukuoka District Court in January last year.

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