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Man gets prison in Ariz. accident

WINSLOW, Ariz. - A Norwegian man who took a wrong turn onto a one-way street in an Arizona town and drove through a street festival has been sentenced to more than seven years in state prison.

John Kristoffer Larsgard, 33, was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and six other charges in Navajo County last month. A reporter for Norway’s largest paper, VG, wrote about the trial in March, drawing international attention.

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Larsgard’s lawyer said the case is a miscarriage of justice involving a confused driver. The county prosecutor said Larsgard turned his car into a weapon, hitting one woman and nearly running over several other people.

Larsgard and his mother, Liv Larsgard of Oslo, were driving across the United States when they had car trouble in Winslow, Ariz., last September, The Arizona Republic reported. They left the car there, got a rental car in another town, and returned to pick up their possessions.

When they arrived back in the northwestern Arizona city, they found an annual festival underway.

Faced with numerous street closures, the pair soon were lost, and John Larsgard turned onto a crowded one-way street headed the wrong way.

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