Williston man to serve 2 years in prison for pedestrian death

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WILLISTON, N.D. - A Williston man charged in a pedestrian's death will serve two years in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Bryan Wipf pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and driving with a suspended license. Last December, authorities say Wipf hit 64-year-old Lyle Forsberg, who was crossing the street in downtown Williston and he died moments later.

Judge Kirsten Sjue sentenced Wipf to five years in prison, with three years suspended. Forsburg's family attended the hearing and niece Alexis Forsburg was hoping for a larger sentence.

"If Bryan wouldn't have decided to drive that day and hadn't killed my uncle, I would have one less day that would make me burst into tears every year. If my uncle was still alive, I would be sending one more invitation when I get married," says Forsburg.

Wipf will receive credit of 297 days for time served and be on probation after his release.