Guilty pleas in Willmar area crash

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Jul 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP)  A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to felony charges resulting from a highway crash that killed three members of a family in Kandiyohi County.

Paul Wickenhauser reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the crash that killed 68-year-old Marta Stoffers, of Atwater, her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman and Hoffman's 8-year-old daughter, Julia.

After drinking last August, Wickenhauser crashed his pickup into the victims' van which caught fire. Hoffman's 5-year-old son, Jason, survived the crash. Wickenhauser will be sentenced Aug. 9.

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