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A Circuit judge withdrew a one-year jail term imposed on Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Wyck­lendt in the fatal 2008 collision in Hau­ula between a minivan and a troop transport vehicle driven by the then-19-year-old infantryman.

Yesterday, Circuit Judge Michael Wilson granted Wyck­lendt a deferral of his plea and the opportunity to erase the charge from his rec­ord. However, he will have to spend 30 days in jail.

Wycklendt pleaded no contest to third-degree negligent homicide.

When he imposed the original sentence in January, Wilson said he would reconsider the term if Marine Corps officials presented information regarding Wyck­lendt’s training and regulations for operating military vehicles on public roadways.

Wycklendt’s license has been permanently revoked. When he crashed into 57-year-old Vickie Norman’s minivan, killing her, it was only his third time operating the vehicle.

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