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Upstate teen gets up to 6 years in fatal DUI crash

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Daniel Woosley (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Daniel Woosley (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
Daniel Woosley is sentenced in court on Tuesday. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina) Daniel Woosley is sentenced in court on Tuesday. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On July 24, 2012 two men named Daniel met for the first time. Daniel Woosley said he was leaving a party and headed home while Daniel Nelson was on his way to work.

The two men's paths crossed in a very violent way.

Troopers said Woosley crossed into Nelson's lane and hit him head-on along Highway 101 in Greer. They said Woosley had alcohol and drugs in his system.

Almost a year later, Woosley was arrested in connection with the crash. Prosecutors said it took so long because of mistakes made by investigators.

In the meantime, he was ticketed six more times for various reasons and even caused a head-on crash on the anniversary of Nelson's death.

"I plead with you not to put him back on the streets to devastate other families," said Deana Nelson, the victim's wife.

Woosley's attorney told the judge the then 16-year-old had only had a couple of drinks at that party and was on prescription medicine. He also said the cause of the crash was likely exhaustion on Woosley's part from a long day's work.

In court, Woosley broke down in tears when it was his turn to speak.

"I will accept any punishment you would feel better about and sleep better at night and take it like a man," Woosley said.

A Spartanburg judge sentenced him up to six years behind bars under the state's youthful offender act. The judge said it will be up to the Department of Corrections to determine when he is released, depending on his behavior behind bars.

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