Man responsible for crash that killed UNL band member gets two years in prison

LINCOLN – A man convicted of motor vehicle homicide in connection to a crash that killed a UNL band member will serve two years in prison.

Waltrivelish Watson, 30, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and 18 months post-release supervision on Wednesday. He will also have his license revoked for seven years.

Watson pleaded no contest to charges of motor vehicle homicide in December.

Watson was going roughly 92 mph before striking a vehicle near 10th and Arapahoe on Oct. 26, killing 20-year-old Tyler Butterfield.

Lincoln Police said they can confirm Watson was traveling 88 mph five seconds before the crash and 92 mph three seconds before the crash.

LPD added he was traveling 59 mph at impact. The area is a 40 mph zone.

A witness also told police they saw Watson going over 80 mph in the Dodge Charger near 9th and South streets prior to the accident.

Butterfield was a Norfolk native and junior accounting major at UNL.

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