MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An Apple Valley man who admitted he was high on methamphetamine when he ran a red light and killed a motorist has been sentenced in Hennepin County to nearly seven years in prison.

District Court Judge Gina Brandt gave 51-year-old Darvin Basche 81 months behind bars, the maximum under sentencing guidelines. Basche's attorney asked the judge to sentence his client to probation.

Basche was accused of running the red light as he crossed Highway 7 in Minnetonka in September 2013. He struck the driver's side door of a car, killing 58-year-old Elizabeth Ketcher, who was on her way to a new job at Excelsior Elementary School.