Probation upheld for SC man in Maserati death

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina businessman will not get prison time after pleading guilty to crashing his Maserati into a house, killing a man inside.

Prosecutors had asked a judge to reconsider his earlier decision to give John Ludwig three years of probation. Prosecutors wanted the maximum prison term of 10 years.

But Circuit Judge James Williams Jr. on Friday stood by his earlier sentence.

The 37-year-old Ludwig was originally charged with murder in the death of Frederic Bardsley. That charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

Ludwig suffered minor injuries when his sports car smashed into the back of Bardsley’s home in April.

Prosecutors said Ludwig was racing a friend and going at least 85 mph. Ludwig’s attorneys said he swerved to avoid several deer.