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Unlicensed driver sentenced to nearly 4 years for fatally hitting bicyclist on Minneapolis sidewalk

A 32-year-old man received a nearly four-year term Monday for hitting and killing a bicyclist riding on a Minneapolis sidewalk.

Aspen Burns, of Minneapolis, was sentenced in Hennepin County District Court after pleading guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the late-night crash on Sept. 12, 2020, on Cedar Avenue near Franklin Avenue that injured Dennis K. Thompson, 38, of New Hope. Thompson died in March 2022 at North Memorial Health Hospital.

At the time of the crash, Burns was driving despite his license having been revoked, the Department of Public Safety said. Burns has been convicted twice previously in Minnesota for driving without a valid license.


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