Man Gets 15-Year Sentence for Double Fatal Crash

A Polk County man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a crash that killed two sisters in Hillsboro.

James Yahnke, of Nielsville, pleaded guilty in December to vehicular homicide.

Authorities say he was drunk and speeding in May when he lost control of his vehicle.

Twenty-three-year-old Mercedes Rowley, of Sharon, North Dakota, and 21-year-old Teja Beyer, of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota were his passengers.

They were thrown from the car and died at the scene.