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July 25 photo of the gazebo at White Point Garden.

Aiken — A 39-year-old man was sentenced to 44 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of felony DUI that resulted in the death last year of a young local couple who were attending school in Charleston.

Stephen Corley, of Salley, pleaded guilty to driving drunk shortly after Christmas and causing the fatal wreck that claimed the lives of 24-year-old Alex Bush and 22-year-old Katie Scott. Bush was a student at the Charleston School of Law and Scott went to the College of Charleston.

Corley received a sentence of 22 years in prison for the death of each victim, to run consecutively.

On Dec. 29, 2010, after eating dinner with his family at City Billiards in Aiken, Bush was driving east on Highway 302 with Scott as his passenger on the way to her parents’ house in Couchton, before heading to Charleston.

Corley was driving west on the same road, and witnesses said he entered the eastbound lane attempting to pass a vehicle, and collided head-on with the vehicle that Bush was driving, according to Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr.

Bush was pronounced dead the evening of the wreck, and Corley and Scott were transported to a hospital in Augusta. Scott died the following day. Witnesses said Corley was driving in excess of 75 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Corley’s blood alcohol level two hours after the wreck was 0.133, Thurmond said. The legal limit is 0.08. Corley was arrested Jan. 7 after his release from the hospital.