Carlos Green had two prior DWI convictions on Dec. 27, 2014, when he struck Billy Ray Dudley at 19th Avenue and Ellis Street in Irvington. Dudley, 54, of East Orange, was killed.
Green, who admitted to police that he'd had a few drinks, had a partly empty bottle of rum in his SUV, authorities said. A blood test revealed Green had a blood alcohol level of .210 when he hit Dudley, well above the state's legal limit.
Green was convicted in May of vehicular homicide after the proceeding was delayed because an appeals court ruled that his earlier DWI convictions, in 1998 and 2009, could not be admitted at trial.
He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence under the state's No Early Release Act.
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