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Driver gets 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison for hitting, killing man

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By Adam Brandolph
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 3:39 p.m.

A West Mifflin motorist who struck and killed an Etna man will serve 3 12 to 7 years in prison, an Allegheny County judge ordered Tuesday.

Jeffrey Barva-Hamlin, 29, must also serve two years on probation for the death of Chad Vita, 40, said Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski. Barva-Hamlin struck and killed Vita on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield on March 30, 2013.

Police said the two got into an argument hours before the incident.

A jury in April found Barva-Hamlin, a former part-time custodian at Hampton School District, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury and reckless driving.

The jury acquitted him of first- and third-degree murder charges.

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