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Kindred man sentenced for texting while driving in fatal collision

FARGO (AP KFGO-AM) -- A Kindred man has been ordered to be part of a 100-day public campaign about the dangers of texting and driving as part of his sentence in a fatal crash.

An East-Central District judge on Tuesday ordered 21-year-old Nicholas Milbrandt to take part on the campaign and serve 30 days in jail.

He pleaded guilty to felony negligent homicide in the death of 61-year-old Royce Rodacker in August.

Milbrandt was driving at over 90 mph while texting on his cellphone and rear-ended Rodacker as their cars were headed eastbound on Interstate 94.

Prosecutors say Milbrandt will speak to school groups and possibly appear in a television campaign.

Milbrandt's attorney, Mark Friese told KFGO's Mike McFeely, his client is willing to do anything to spread the message against texting while driving.

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