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3 Doors Down bassist sentenced after fatal collision

The former bass guitar player of the rock band 3 Doors Down was sentenced on December 18 in Nashville to two years in prison, an article of The Tennessean reported.

Reports said Robert Harrell is expected to begin his imprisonment on December 28. Harrell was also sentenced to six years of probation by Judge Mark Fishburn after being involved in an accident that killed vehicle driver Paul Shoulders Jr., 47. Reports said Harrell was driving a vehicle as fast as 101 mph and was under the influence of controlled substances when he struck Shoulders’ vehicle on Interstate 40 on April 19, 2013. Harrell, who was charged with several DUI-related offenses after this collision, entered a guilty plea on December 11.

The 43-year-old musician expressed his apologies to Shoulders’ family members who attended his court appearance. Harrell stated that he realized he had become addicted to prescription medication in 2009 and went to rehabilitation clinics four different times.

Judge Fishburn also ordered Harrell to spend time during his probation visiting schools and speaking to students about the dangers of narcotics.

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