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New trial set for Sioux Falls manslaughter suspect

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A new trial has been scheduled for a Sioux Falls woman convicted of manslaughter in a drunken crash that killed another person.

Thirty-year-old Tammy Kvasnicka was sentenced earlier to serve 60 years in prison for the July 2010 crash in which authorities say she drove the wrong way on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls while drunk and hit an oncoming car.

The state Supreme Court overturned her conviction in March, saying it was improper for a police officer who testified during her trial to compare the force of the crash to more than 900 handguns being fire at once.

Defense attorneys say a lesser charge of vehicular homicide is more appropriate than manslaughter in the case.

Kvasnicka's new trial is scheduled for Aug. 20-30.

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