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A Waterloo man was sentenced to 50 years in prison in the vehicular homicide death of a competitive cyclist and for selling meth.

Joshua Ray Summerhays, 39, of Waterloo, must serve about eight years in prison on the drug charge before he will be eligible for parole.

The charge — which stems from the crash in which he struck and killed Connie Inks, 54, while he had drugs in his system — doesn’t carry a mandatory minimum.

“The defendant took out a wonderful person in this case. She was a world-class athlete,” said Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Jeremy Westendorf, who prosecuted the case.

Summerhays was sentenced Monday to 25 years each for charges of homicide by vehicle and conspiracy to deliver meth following a plea. Both sentences were stacked consecutively for a total of 50 years behind bars.

He was also ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to Inks’ estate, and fined $5,000 plus costs and surcharges for the meth charge.

[past news about Connie Inks]


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