HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal Christmas Eve crash has been convicted in Dakota County.

Prosecutors say Jeffrey Martin’s blood alcohol was twice the legal limit when he crashed into the victim’s Cadillac on Dec. 24, 2009 in Lakeville. Eighty-eight-year-old Everett Letterly of Prior Lake died the next day. His wife was injured, but survived.

The 39-year-old Farmington man was convicted of felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and injury as well as child endangerment because his three children, ages 4, 9 and 10, were in his truck at the time of the crash.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Martin will be sentenced Jan. 4.

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Comments (17)
  1. Molly says:

    Lock him up until hell freezes over.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Just because he was convicted doesn’t mean he’s guilty..People are convicted everyday in this country & 1000s have been found to be wrongfully convicted & released

      1. Deep Thinker says:

        Seriously Jack your posts are getting dumber & dumber. He was legally drunk (not to hard to prove) & he was in an accident that killed someone. I’m pretty sure he’s guilty. You really need to sharpen up with your posts….I am beginning to think that you might be an idiot

  2. Sue says:

    I’m sure his children are very proud of him… hope he goes to jail for a very long time!

  3. Kevin says:

    Ain’t diversity grand?

  4. Rick says:

    molly you are an idiot. Yea the guy did a stupid thing, but he had no intention of hurting anyone. Judging by your comment im sure you have done plenty of stupid things in your life, does that mean you should burn in hell?

    1. good guy says:

      I agree the burning in hell is a little dramatic, he decided that day that driving drunk was worth risking his life, his kids, and any other people on the road. Unfortunately, the guy who died didn’t have a choice. I hope that the consequences are severe, so other people will think twice. would you be so easy going if it was someone in your family that was killed?

    2. Michelle says:

      It was a completely avoidable accident that never should have happened. This guy made the decision to drink and then drive, knowing that he could put himself or others in danger. As a result, he killed an innocent man. I have no sympathy for drunk drivers. If they want to get themselves killed, that’s fine, but all too often it’s the innocent people they hit that end up dying. We need to be even tougher on them than we are now.

    3. Matt says:


      How many DUIs do you have?

  5. shamoo says:

    let buba at him in jail maybe he likes it.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You’ve seen too many movies.

      1. @jackactionZero says:

        there is no such thing as “too many movies”

  6. Jake says:

    Let’s see what he gets and compare it to Amy Senser’s eventual sentence (if she was actually the driver).

  7. Just an observation says:

    Not assuming but with the age of the victim, it is most likely that he was a WWII veteran. Very bad either way but if he was, great way to say thanks. Serve your country in a global confilct and 66 years later get killed by some dumb-ass who don’t know better.

  8. Hello! says:

    You are disgusting. Hanging a child??? What are you thinking!!

  9. enlightened says:

    all of you… what if this were your brother? what if this were your cousin?
    Either way, its was a tragedy for all involved… until you have walked in someone’s shoes… dont cast a stone.

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