MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man pleaded guilty Monday in a Hennepin County court to killing a mother and her two children when he crashed into their car in North Minneapolis while fleeing police in December.
Rufus Victor, 29, of Bloomington, Minn., pleaded guilty to three counts of fleeing police in a motor vehicle that resulted in death. He will be sentenced on Sept. 15. If he is given consecutive sentences for each of the deaths, Victor could face up to 45 years in jail, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
On Dec. 5 at 12:30 a.m., a state trooper saw Victor driving erratically on Interstate 94 going north. When Victor exited on Dowling Avenue, the trooper turned on his lights in an attempt to pull Victor over. In response to the lights, Victor sped off, reaching speeds of 90 mph. He eventually smashed into a Chevrolet Caprice at Second Street and Broadway Avenue.
Inside the Caprice, dead from the collision, were Amanda Thomas, 29, her son Andre, 12, and her three-month-old son, Akeron.