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Bucks County man guilty of murder in drag-racing death

A Bucks County judge found a Plumstead Township man guilty of third-degree murder in the drag-racing death of a 9-year-old girl in Doylestown last fall.

A Plumstead Township man was found guilty of murder in the drag-racing death of a 9-year-old girl in Doylestown. Credit: Getty Images. A Plumstead Township man was found guilty of murder in the drag-racing death of a 9-year-old girl in Doylestown.
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A Bucks County judge on Wednesday found a Plumstead Township man guilty of third-degree murder in the drag-racing death of a 9-year-old girl in Doylestown last fall.

Judge Clyde Waite said he could not ignore the speed that Drew Bodden, 38, was driving when he crashed his Ford Mustang Cobra into the rear of an SUV while he raced another car on Route 611, the Bucks County Courier-Times reports. Prosecutors placed Bodden's speed during the Nov. 21 road race between 142 and 155 mph.

The Thanksgiving Eve crash killed 9-year-old Holly Huynh of Plumstead and paralyzed her grandmother, 55-year-old Suzanne Berry, who was driving the Honda CRV Bodden rammed from behind at full speed.

The maximum sentence for third-degree murder in Pennsylvania is 40 years, but Bodden is expected to serve between six and 20 years in prison under sentencing guidelines. He cannot drive while awaiting sentencing as a condition of his bail.

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