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Queens Teen Sentenced for Marijuana-Impaired Fatal Crash

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The city teen who admitted to smoking marijuana before a Long Island car crash that killed four of his friends will spend between five and 15 years in prison.

Nineteen-year-old Joseph Beer of Queens pleaded guilty in July to the top count of aggravated vehicular homicide for the 2012 crash on Long Island's Southern State Parkway.

Beer entered the plea a month after a jury deadlocked on the charge.

His attorney says he entered the plea so the family and friends of those who died could be spared the ordeal of a second trial.

Despite being 17 at the time of the crash, Beer was not granted youthful offender status, which would have led to a lighter sentence.

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