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Man pleads guilty in woman’s death

A Spokane man pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a Mead woman in a drunken head-on collision and received 2  1/2 years in prison.

Lucian G. Brisan, 30, was charged with vehicular homicide following a crash on Aug. 7, 2009, that killed 57-year-old Janice M. Pulliam.

Pulliam was helping a friend move when Brisan’s Plymouth Voyager crossed the centerline of Magnesium Road near Market Street and struck Pulliam’s pickup head-on. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m., and toxicology reports showed that Brisan’s blood-alcohol content was 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke sentenced Brisan, who had no prior felony convictions, to 31 months in prison. He was also given credit for about 70 days in jail. The charge wasn’t levied against Brisan until August to allow him to recover from serious injuries that would have been paid for through tax dollars if he were in jail.