Sentencing set for Michael Jakscht, convicted of manslaughter in deaths of 4 motorcyclists

PHOENIX - A sentencing date has been set for a man convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of four motorcyclists two years ago.

A jury also found Michael Jakscht guilty of aggravated assault and endangerment in the accident that also injured five others.

Jakscht was driving a dump truck when he collided with 10 motorcycles and three other vehicles near the Carefree Highway and 27th Avenue in March 2010.

Three of the motorcyclists died at the scene, the fourth died later at the hospital.

Five other riders had serious or critical injuries.

Police at the scene reported that Jakscht displayed signs of impairment and a blood sample analysis showed that he was impaired by methamphetamine and amphetamine.

This was the second trial for Jakscht after the first ended in a mistrial when the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.

Sentencing for Jakscht is set for November 16 at 8:30 a.m. and the judge has set aside the entire day for sentencing, according to a court spokeswoman. 

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