A Cokato man has been sentenced to over 5-and-a-half-years in prison on three felony charges for causing a motor vehicle crash that killed three people near Willmar in August of last year.
The West Central Tribune reports 22-year-old Paul Anthony Wickenhauser was sentenced Friday afternoon to the expected 67 months prison sentence.
As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court, Wickenhauser was also ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and restitution, which has not yet been determined in the case.
The charges for criminal vehicular homicide or operation with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more include one charge for each of the three victims: 68-year-old Martha Stoffers of Atwater; her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie; and Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter, Julia.
Hoffman’s 5-year-old son, Jason, also suffered injuries in the crash.
Wickenhauser entered a plea agreement last week to the 67-month sentence and was immediately taken into the custody of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office, which will transport him to prison.
Wickenhauser turned to face the Stoffers/Hoffman family members, who filled one side of the largest courtroom at the Willmar courthouse, and apologized, as he did in the plea hearing last week.