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Wis. man could get 62 years for fatal crash

Posted Sunday, February 23, 2014 --- 10:56 a.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing two Wisconsin Rapids women in a drunken-driving crash last year could face more than 60 years in prison.

A Stevens Point Journal Media report says 23-year-old Timothy Saavedra Jr. of Rudolph will be sentenced May 20.

He pleaded no contest Thursday to three charges stemming from the July 20 crash in the town of Linwood.

Deputies found 21-year-olds Melissa Ann Peterson-Suzda and Stephanie Eberhardt dead at the scene. A 21-year-old Marshfield man was airlifted to a hospital.

The convictions carry a maximum penalty of 62 1/2 years in prison. Portage County district attorney Louis Molepske says he plans to recommend a 15-year sentence.

A message Sunday morning left for Saavedra's defense attorney, James Kurszewski, was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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