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Man Who Crashed at Prince Show Sentenced

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who plowed his Lincoln Navigator into four security guards at a Prince concert last year was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Omar Rodriguez, 23, of Oregon City, was sentenced Tuesday after a Multnomah County Circuit Court jury convicted him of assault, hit-and-run and reckless endangerment. He was acquitted of attempted murder in the Sept. 1, 2004 incident.

During his trial, Rodriguez acknowledged he had been drunk on Remy Martin cognac the day of the accident.

On Sept. 1, Rodriguez and his fiancee had attended the Prince concert at the Rose Garden. As they left the arena, Rodriguez got into a fight a parking attendant.

The couple got into their car to leave, but a minute later Rodriguez drove the wrong direction on a one-way street, turned right sharply and propelled the car over a curb, slamming into the four security guards. The four suffered minor to moderate injuries.

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