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Man sentenced to 7 years for killing man, injuring wife in Midvale Boulevard crash

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MADISON, Wis. - A Madison man was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for killing a man and severely injuring his wife in a crash on Midvale Boulevard in April.

Benjamin Cortes, 20, pleaded guilty in October to second-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and first-offense operating while intoxicated. He was also sentenced Friday to five years of extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint, Cortes was driving about 102 mph down Midvale Boulevard April 27 when he lost control of his car and crashed into a couple who were walking their dog on the sidewalk.

Greg Nametz died instantly and Patty Nametz was severely injured.

Cortes was originally charged with homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving causing great bodily harm and reckless driving causing bodily harm. An amended criminal complaint was filed in June.

Seven charges -- including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by vehicle while using a controlled substance, injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, injury by vehicle while using a controlled substance, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, causing injury while under the influence and causing injury while under the influence of a controlled substance -- were dismissed.

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