Doug France Gets 1-Year Jail Term

From Staff and Wire Reports

Former Ram offensive lineman Doug France was sentenced to a year in jail after he pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death of a neighbor.

Judge Pamela Iles of South Orange County Municipal Court in Laguna Niguel also sentenced France, 37, to five years probation and ordered him to perform 400 hours of community service and attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after his release.

France, who played for the Rams from 1975-1981, already has served 90 days of his jail sentence.

The former All-Pro was driving about 80 m.p.h. on the afternoon of May 9, 1990, when he lost control of his BMW on a curve, according to court records. The car crashed head-on into a Mazda driven by Maria Conception Contreras, a 53-year-old neighbor.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and France suffered a concussion and broken pelvis. The California Highway Patrol said France had a blood-alcohol level of .13.

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