Wickenhauser Pleads Guilty 30 Jul 13

Paul Anthony Wickenhauser has pleaded guilty to three felony charges for the triple fatal motor vehicle crash last summer east of Willmar.

Reports say the pleas to criminal vehicular homicide or operation with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more include one count for each of the three people killed in the crash.

Sixty-eight-year-old Marta Stoffers of Atwater, her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie, and Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter Julia were killed in the Aug. 17, 2012, crash near where U.S. Highway 12 intersects with Kandiyohi County Road 127.

As part of the plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court with the 22-year-old Cokato man, 12 additional felony charges, and one misdemeanor for open bottle, will be dismissed.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 9th.