Man Who Killed ‘U’ Student In Accident To Be Sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The man who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a former U of M student will be sentenced on Monday.

John Peterson, 23, pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide on March 15, 2011.

Peterson hit and killed Kandyce Stoffel back in October 2010. She was walking with a group of people near 12th Ave. and 4th St. after the bars closed.

Police said he had been drinking and was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

  • Kim

    Just watch…………this guy will get a slap on the wrist. He murdered that girl – he should get at least 15 years.

    • Tom Willard

      15 years for murder? Really?? You must be kidding. Is that what you’d be satisfied with if you had buried your daughter? 15 years for murder IS a slap on the wrist.

      • Kim

        OK Tom. Let’s see what happens

        • Jim

          I agree that 15 years would not be long enough for a murderer.

  • alan

    Why oh why do we continue to use the word “accident” to describe preventable acts like this? He was drunk driving and he killed someone. This is not an accident, it was negligence and murder. An accident is dropping an unexpectedly slippery glass.

  • Joey

    I’ve had two friends get killed by two drunk drivers who both blew over .20. 6 years a piece. That’s before the 1 1/2 year off early for “good behavior,” or because they are scared and would rather not get in trouble, then give him 3 to 5 years probation, and then some house arrest. If I could place a bet on this, I would put a lot of my money on < 4 1/2 years. That's about how long a bachelors degree is. This girl is gone and this guy is out at the same time as a bachelors. It happens all the time so to say 15 years is tripple of the usual. I go out to bars and half the people are well intoxicated getting into cars. It won't stop until the judicial system does something. What if this daughter was that of a general attorney or high up judge

  • Shelleyjol

    The CPS at the 2nd Precinct is starting a Court Watch program to follow cases and track sentencing. Volunteers are needed so that we can begin to make an impact on plea bargaining, insufficient sentences and repeat, chronic offenders who are slapped on the wrist and deposited back into our neighborhoods to continue their reign of crime. Northeast Minneapolis Crime Watch & Info is looking for volunteers to help our “team” track offenders in our neighborhood. Time commitment is flexible to fit your schedule. Most activity will tack place via email. Contact us at crimewatchNE [ at ] live [ dot ] com for more info about our team. Find our website and Facebook page for more info.

  • Victim Du Jour

    State law requires that three types of signs be posted when a sidewalk is closed due to construction. Signs directing pedestrians to safe alternatives were missing at the Minneapolis site where 23-year-old Kandyce Stoffel and a friend were struck by a car early Sunday.

  • Jake

    My thoughts and prayers are with Kandyce. They are with John, as well. He made a horrible, horrible error. There is no reason to believe he intended to hurt anyone, and was likely moments away from being just another drunk kid who swerved his way home, like hundreds do every Friday and Saturday evening in Minnesota.

    John’s life, at least as far as he and his family had hoped, is over, and I cannot imagine the anguish he and his parents must feel at every moment since the reality set in. Obviously, he has a chance to make good and enjoy life in a way Kandyce will not, so I am not trying to make a comparison. Nonetheless, I hope people will have compassion for him, if they can find it in themselves.

  • Erica

    I am a student at the University of Minnesota, and happen to be friends with John. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a great, stand-up guy. Yeah, he made a horrible mistake, but it is not something to judge his character on. He wasn’t out to kill people, it was human error. He’s already going to live this down for the rest of his life, and doesn’t deserve the multitudes of people bashing his name as if they are in a place to do so. He’s human, and makes mistakes just like you do. Get off your high horse.

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