Portland man gets 3 years for vehicular homicide

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A 30-year-old Portland man was sentenced Tuesday in Vancouver to more than three years in prison for the death of his friend who fell out of his car on Highway 14 near Washougal.

Russell Amon pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, admitting he drove with disregard for the safety of others Aug. 20 when Jose Gonzalez-Ramirez fell off a convertible lid.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/tkD1YV ) Amon pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors who dropped a hit-and-run charge.

Amon's defense lawyer Susan Staufer says he didn't know his friend had climbed out of his seat.

Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey said Amon's record shows a pattern of traffic offenses. He has previous convictions for drunken driving, reckless driving and attempting to elude police.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com