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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ryazan Driver Jailed for Killing 7 Cadets

Itar-TassAnatoly Klimkin sitting in the defendant's cage in a Ryazan court on Tuesday.
A Ryazan court on Tuesday sentenced a 21-year-old man to six years and 10 months in prison for plowing into a group of cadets along a highway, killing seven, in October.

Anatoly Klimkin was intoxicated at the time of the crash and had been earlier fined for driving without a license, Ryazan's Sovietsky District Court said in its ruling, Interfax reported. After serving his sentence, Klimkin will be banned from driving for three years.

Seven cadets died and 18 others were injured when Klimkin plowed into a column of 190 cadets marching about 10 kilometers north of Ryazan on Oct. 14. The cadets were participating in a 55-kilometer march as they wrapped up a two-week military exercise.

Klimkin rammed his VAZ-2105 sedan into the column of cadets at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour, military officials said. Klimkin did not have a driver's license, and five other young men, also drunk, were with him in the car, they said.