A Somerset man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for causing a wreck that killed a Berea minister and his wife last year.
Brett Whittaker pleaded guilty last month to two counts of wanton murder for the deaths of John and Lavada Roland.
He was drunk while driving on U.S. 27 in northern Lincoln County in July 2010 when he hit the Rolands' car.
The prosecutor, Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery, said Whittaker was sentenced to 20 years on each count of murder, to be served concurrently.
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Whittaker, who is in his late 20s, would have to serve 85 percent of that sentence because the crime was considered violent, Montgomery said.
Whittaker was on probation for an assault charge out of Richmond at the time of the crash and was not supposed to be drinking, Montgomery said.
His probation was revoked after the wreck. He is serving a seven-year sentence; his sentence in the Lincoln County case would begin after that term ends, Montgomery said.
He said Whittaker had written a letter apologizing to the couple's family.
The Rolands were preparing to start a church in Lincoln County, and their son is now its pastor, Montgomery said.