Courtesy of Penobscot County Jail

A Bangor man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison with all but 3½ years suspended on charges that arose from a May 6 crash in Hudson that killed his longtime best friend.

James M. McBride, 44, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated operating while under the influence of intoxicants just prior to sentencing. The charge of driving to endanger was dismissed in a plea agreement with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Superior Court Justice William Anderson called the sentence fair after emotional statements from the victim’s and McBride’s family members.

Marianne Lynch, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, recommended a sentence of 10 years with all but 3½ years suspended. Defense attorney Martha Harris urged the judge to put McBride in prison for fewer years but did not suggest a specific number of years.

McBride was drunk and driving between 90 and 102 mph in

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