Man convicted of homicide for passenger's crash death

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) -- A North Platte man has been found guilty for the death of his passenger after a collision with a semitrailer.

Court records say 41-year-old Emmett Wood was convicted last week of misdemeanor vehicular homicide after a nonjury trial in Lincoln County Court. His sentencing is set for Feb. 15.

Authorities say Wood was speeding in his pickup truck on May 11 when it struck the big rig near a truck stop. Wood's passenger, 73-year-old Michael Torres Sr., died soon afterward at a hospital.

Wood already is serving a prison sentence of three to six years for an unrelated case of assault.

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