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A court in Shiga Prefecture on Monday gave a 50-year-old former truck driver a harsher sentence than expected for causing a fatal expressway pileup while using his smartphone last year.

The Otsu District Court sentenced Hiroyuki Maeda of Niigata Prefecture to two years and eight months in prison for the Nov. 21 crash, which killed Yuji Mizutani, 44, and injured four other people. Prosecutors had demanded a sentence of only two years.

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