Man sentenced for DUI crash that killed Kansas mom, 2 kids

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Texas man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for a DUI crash that claimed the lives of a Kansas woman and her two children.

Steven Johnson, 45, of Houston, pleaded guilty in March to one count of second-degree reckless murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence. He was sentenced Friday to 174 months.

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The crash happened in November of 2016 on Interstate 70 near Junction City. Johnson was driving a commercial truck that crossed the highway median and struck a car driven by 26-year-old Jessica Thompson.

Thompson and her 5-year-old daughter, Leah, died at the scene of the crash. Her 6-year-old son, Jaydon, later died at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Thompson had taken her children out of school for a medical appointment that day. They were returning when the truck crashed into the family's vehicle.

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