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      Man convicted of fleeing the scene of a fatal crash sentenced

      The Calumet man found guilty of charges in January of a fatal crash appeared in Keweenaw County Circuit Court Monday morning for sentencing.

      Thirty-nine-year-old David Paul Simons was found guilty of driving under a suspended license causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.

      On November 5, 2011, Simons lost control of his vehicle on 5 Mile Point Road in Keweenaw County and hit a line of trees. His passenger, 54-year-old Jeffery Brusso, was killed in the crash.

      Simons was sentenced to 67 to 180 months in prison with credit for 506 days for both convictions. Both Simons and Brusso's widowed wife spoke at the sentencing.

      "I carry a great deal of guilt for the loss of my great friend, Jeff, who was a friend to many,â?? said Simons. â??I'm stricken and filled with grief for all the pain and suffering I have caused."

      "I have horrible things that I wanted to say to you, but I won't,â?? said Natalie Brusso. â??With my faith in Jesus, I know I will see Jeff again. I pray for you, and I forgive you."

      In January, Simons was found not guilty of the charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol causing death.