WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-green01, ww color green

Local

Man Pleads Guilty In Drunken Crash That Killed 3

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 4 Things To Know From 09/01
  2. Patty Wetterling Asks Son's Abductor 5 Questions
  3. Vacuum Salesman Eats Pasta From Subway Floor
  4. Bar Abilene In Uptown Closes
  5. Viral Vid Of The Day: Stuffed Dog Scares Real Dogs
(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Cokato man accused of drunkenly causing a car crash that killed three generations of a family last year pleaded guilty on Monday in Kandiyohi County.

County Attorney Jenna Fischer said Paul Wickenhauser will serve 67 months in prison – about 5 1/2 years – after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

The victims’ families helped agree upon the length of the sentence, and sentencing is set for Aug. 9.

According to the complaint, Wickenhauser, 21 at the time of the August 2012 incident, had drank “five 12 oz. beers” before his vehicle crossed the centerline of Highway 12 east of Willmar and crashed head-on with another car.

Michelle Hoffman, 40, her 8-year-old daughter Julia and her mother-in-law, 68-year-old Marta Stoffers, died. Hoffman’s 5-year-old son, Jason, was seriously injured, too, after the van vehicle went into the ditch and caught on fire.

Police said there was a broken alcohol container on the roadway, and a bottle of rum in the cab of Wickenhauser’s pickup. A cooler with a case of beer in the cargo area of the pickup was also found by police, and Wickenhauser vomited several times in front of police after the crash, the complaint states.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,823 other followers