MOSCOW, September 15 (RAPSI) – The Second Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction on Wednesday upheld sentence passed on actor Mikhail Efremov guilty of committing fatal road traffic accident under the influence of alcohol, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.

Efremov sought to mitigate his sentence of 7 years behind bars to “reasonable limits” as he is sure not to outlive these 7.5 years in custody. The convict also insists that driver Sergey Zakharov, who had died in the crash involving the actor, was not buckled up.

In October 2020, the Moscow City Court reduced jail sentence of Efremov by 6 months, from 8 to 7.5 years. The actor was found guilty of driving under influence (DUI) resulting in vehicular homicide.

As established by the court, on the evening of June 8, Efremov driving his car crossed into the oncoming lane in central Moscow and collided with a delivery service vehicle. He was arrested on the scene. Alcohol and drugs were reportedly found in his blood. Victim Sergey Zakharov was taken to hospital where he died early in the morning of June 9.

Efremov admitted his guilt.