Drunken, texting driver gets 18 years for killing two teens in NJ

A drunken driver who was texting when he struck and killed two teenage cousins in New Jersey has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and calls himself a monster.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that 33-year-old Joshua Malmgren of Lower Township received a nine-year sentence for each victim. He pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in September.

Malmgren expressed his remorse. “I am a monster. I am so lost,” he said.

Prosecutors say 15-year-old Nioami Lazicki-Gaston of Middle Township and 13-year-old Ashley Dauber of Philadelphia were walking to get ice cream in July 2012 when Malmgren hit them with his SUV.

Nioami’s 14-year-old sister just missed being struck.

Two of Malmgren’s friends noticed he was intoxicated that night and offered him a ride home, but he refused.

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