Russian Olympic silver medalist Lukyanenko faces prison

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Russian Olympic pole vault silver medalist Yevgeny Lukyanenko faces prison punishment due to vehicular manslaughter charges, local police said Wednesday.

Lukyanenko, the silver winner of 2008 Beijing Olympics pole vault, lost control of his car in 2009 and killed his female passenger, Russian traffic police said.

A District Court in charge of the case "will determine the degree of Lukyanenko's guilt," local sports media R-Sport cited a police spokesperson as saying.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday, the police said, adding it was unclear whether the young athlete considered himself guilty.

The case was returned to state prosecutors to correct technical errors in their indictment in 2011 and was finally assigned to course in 2013.

If proved guilty, Lukyanenko could face up to seven years in the prison.

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