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Gresham man sentenced to serve more than 6 years in traffic death

Passenger died at the scene of wreck in 2012


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Sean BerglundAccording to Lake County District Attorney Ulys Stapleton, a 23-year-old Gresham man, Sean Taylor Berglund, was sentenced March 10 to serve 75 months, or six years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of Robert Sanchez Busch, 22, also from Gresham, in September of 2012.

Busch was a passenger in a Berglund's 1997 Ford F150 pickup truck when it went off the road and rolled several times on Highway 31 about four miles south of Silver Lake and landed on its top. Busch died at the scene and Berglund was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a Bend hospital.

According to Oregon State Patrol, Berglund at first said another person was driving the truck. But after months of investigation and DNA testing, it was determined that Berglund was the driver and was under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash. He was indicted by a Lake County grand jury in May of 2013.

According to Multnomah County jail records, Berglund was arrested in 2011 on eight counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and disorderly conduct in a bar. He was arrested again in June of 2012 for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

“I want to thank all of the state troopers and other investigators who participated in this case for their hard work,” Stapleton said in a press release. “It has been a long and arduous process, especially for the victim's family.”



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