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Teen to serve more than four years in state prison

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Scott Lindner, 18, will be sentenced to spend four years and eight months in state prison for the hit-and-run death of 19-year-old Truckee resident Keith Stewart and charges of statutory rape involving two underage girls.

On Tuesday at Nevada County Superior Courthouse in Truckee, Judge C. Anders Holmer said he approved Lindner’s prison sentence of four years and eight months in response to charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, felony sexual intercourse with a minor, and misdemeanor sexual intercourse with a minor.

Truckee Deputy District Attorney William Cornell said he has been prosecuting cases for 20 years and “any type of crime that leaves the court frustrated is vehicular manslaughter” and the punishment that accompanies the felony charge.

Within Lindner’s first few months of turning 18 “he created an awful lot of victims,” Cornell said. “We really hope he has the maturity to make something of himself (when released from prison).”

John Ward, Lindner’s attorney, said “this tragedy was a result of irresponsible actions and decisions” and Lindner is “here to take responsibility for the actions he made.”

The fatal hit-and-run incident occurred on Aug. 16, 2006 in front of witnesses after a concert at Truckee River Regional Park.

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Truckee police learned of the allegations of statutory rape involving a 17-year-old Truckee girl and a 13-year-old girl while investigating the hit-and-run.

On Dec. 5, 2006, Lindner changed his plea from innocent to no contest regarding the charges.