YORK, Pa. (AP) – A man who was high on marijuana when his vehicle was hit by a train in Pennsylvania, killing his fiancée and injuring their young daughter, must spend four to eight years in prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Akim Jones-Williams, of Laurel Springs, New Jersey, was sentenced Wednesday by a York County judge.

He had previously been convicted of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and other charges in the July 5, 2014, crash that killed Cori Sisti.

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Sisti was killed on her 23rd birthday. Jones-Williams and the couple’s 2-year-old daughter were both badly hurt in the crash.

Defense attorney Shawn Dorward says Jones-Williams will appeal the January verdict.

Jones-Williams told the judge he was driving carefully despite being high, and called the crash a “tragic accident.”

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