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Best friend killed in emergency brake prank

February 18, 2009 6:11:24 AM PST
A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to three to six months in prison for killing his best friend in a prank by pulling the emergency brake in a moving car, causing the car to flip.

Fifty-year-old Emmett Cooke, of Dunbar, was sentenced Tuesday in Fayette County Court for his no contest plea to involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

The crash killed 49-year-old Terry Kurosky, of Dunbar, in May 2007. Both men were riding in a car driven by a third man when Cooke pulled the brake.

Police say Cooke told them he had done the same before, but nothing happened.

Cooke will also spend three years on a type of probation, including nine months' house arrest, and must pay Kurosky's family more than $13,000.

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