FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A former Otter Tail County deputy has signed a plea deal in a deadly pursuit case.
Kelly Backman has agreed to plead guilty to misconduct by a public employee. A charge of driving while intoxicated is expected to be dismissed.READ MORE: New Ulm Police: Man Dies After Shooting Self Following Struggle With Officer During Traffic Stop
The 43-year-old deputy was pursuing a suspect in Fergus Falls last October in a chase that ended with a collision and the deaths of a local couple, Steve and Diane Christianson. They were killed when the suspect Backman was pursuing ran a stop sign and crashed into their vehicle.READ MORE: Twin Cities Among Metro Areas Getting Extra Federal Funding To Curb Violent Crime
A blood test later showed that Backman was under the influence of fentanyl at the time of the crash. The plea agreement calls for 30 days in jail or electronic home monitoring.
If a judge accepts the plea to the misdemeanor count, Backman is expected to begin his sentence as early as next month.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis Hotel Installation Up For Worldwide Design Award
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