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Allentown man to serve up to 9 years for killing restaurant owner in DUI accident

| Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:27 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man will serve 4 12 to nine years in prison for killing a man in a drunk-driving accident, an Allegheny County judge ordered Monday.

Robert Freund, 22, of Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood must also serve five years on probation, Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski said.

A jury in December found Freund guilty of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and other charges related to the crash on Dec. 22, 2013, that took the life of James Posey, 60, of Brookline.

Police said Freund was speeding and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.264 — more than three times the legal limit — when he lost control of his car, went through a concrete barrier on Route 51 in Duquesne Heights and struck Posey's SUV.

Posey, who owned Mr. Ribbs restaurant in the Hill District, died at the scene. His daughter and two nieces, who also were in the car, were treated for minor injuries. A woman who crashed into the back of Posey's vehicle sustained a concussion.

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