Wis. Man To Be Sentenced In Minn. Students’ Deaths

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison man convicted of killing three University of Minnesota students in a drunken-driving crash last year is due to be sentenced.

Thirty-two-year-old Bradley R. Erickson pleaded no contest to four charges, including three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He faces up to 78 years in prison at Tuesday’s sentencing.

Prosecutors say the victims’ vehicle had pulled over in the Dane County town of Burke because of a flat tire. They say a speeding Erickson crashed into their vehicle, killing three people and injuring a fourth.

The criminal complaint says Erickson registered a 0.158 percent on a Breathalyzer shortly after the crash, about twice the legal limit for driving.

Friends say Erickson is an Iraq veteran who sometimes uses alcohol to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  • rw

    Veteran or not, he is guilty, and I’m also a veteran.

  • Seth

    Guilty yes, but how does a long term prison sentence do anyone good here. Do some research to learn how good of a man, soldier, son and husband he was. A heart breaking situation with so many families ruined and changed for life. We need to do more for Vets suffering from trauma related symptoms so further, preventable incidents like this don’t continue.

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