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Florida man sentenced in death of oil field worker

Published On: Nov 14 2013 03:43:22 PM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

A Florida man who was convicted of hitting and killing his friend with a pickup truck in northeastern Montana has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Attorney General's office says District Judge David Cybulski sentenced 48-year-old Charles Bowen of Jensen Beach, Fla., on Wednesday for negligent homicide in the death of 48-year-old Brian Doyle.
Doyle's body was found on Jan. 20, 2012, in a ditch along U.S. Highway 2 just west of Bainville. His death certificate said he died nine days earlier from exposure and crushing injuries from being run over by a motor vehicle.
Prosecutors say Bowen acknowledged having a confrontation with Doyle and ordering him out of his truck.
The men had come from Florida to North Dakota to work in the oil fields.