Defendant pleaded no contest to 2014 crash that killed Christopher Dross

A Bakersfield man convicted of manslaughter in connection with a fatal hit-and-run motorcycle crash on Highway 119 in 2014 was sentenced to 16 years in state prison on Tuesday

Ronald Carey Marshall Jr. had faced second degree murder charges and a 20-years-to life sentence before he accepted a plea deal in early February.

Marshall, now 33, was driving a 1991 Suzuki GSXR 750 westbound east of Midway Road on Jan. 25, 2014, when the motorcycle veered into the metal guard rail on a curve.

A passenger, Christopher Dross, 29, was killed in the crash.

California Highway Patrol investigators said Marshall fled the scene, then returned a short time later.

He was questioned , then treated at a Bakersfield hospital and booked into jail.

He was released a few days later while the investigation continued, then was re-arrested in August 2014 and has remained in jail since then.

Marshall already has credit for for more than 5 years in jail, including 950 days actually served and 950 days off for good behavior. He was ordered to begin serving his sentence at Wasco State Prison.