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January 29, 2015

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Driver sentenced in fatal bus stop crash

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Steven Murray

Stephen Murray Trial - Day One (March 25)

Stephen N. Murray (center) stands with Public Defenders Darin Imlay (left) and Stephen Immerman as the jury enters the courtroom Wednesday, the first day of Murray's trial. Launch slideshow »

A man convicted on charges stemming from his collision into a bus stop last summer that left one woman dead and another without legs was sentenced today to 18 years to life in prison.

Steven N. Murray, 44, was found guilty March 30 of causing the death of 55-year-old Patricia Hoff while under the influence of a controlled substance. He also was convicted of driving under the influence of a controlled substance resulting in an accident with fatality or bodily harm in the maiming of Porsche Hughes, who was 26 at the time of the crash.

Hughes, a wife and mother of two who was on her way to work as a nursing assistant, was seated next to Hoff on the morning of July 7, 2008, at a bus stop on Boulder Highway.

Law enforcement investigators testified that the Percocet and Valium in Murray's system made him impaired. Murray's attorneys argued that the drugs in his system didn't impair his ability to operate a vehicle.

Murray had four prior DUI convictions in Texas before the bus stop collision.

Murray had his bail revoked and had been incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center.

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