Ride operator connected to State Fair injuries sentenced

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The operator of a ride on which five people were injured during the North Carolina State fair has been sentenced to probation.

News media outlets report that 49-year-old Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow was sentenced on Monday. Tutterow pleaded guilty a year ago to assault with a deadly weapon.

Five people were injured in Wake County in October 2013 when The Vortex started up unexpectedly as people were trying to get off. Investigators determined that an electrical box was rewired, allowing the ride to operate while safety restraints weren't locked in place.

Of the five who were hurt, Anthony Gorham suffered brain, skull, neck and spinal cord injuries and spent nearly four months in a local hospital. His wife, Kisha Gorham, and her son and her niece were also seriously injured.