Wis. man pleads guilty in fatal crash

Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013 --- 8:14 p.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- An Eau Claire man likely will spend at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in a seven-vehicle chain-reaction crash that killed a passenger in his van last year.

Thirty-six-year-old Travis Hazelton pleaded guilty Wednesday to five felony charges, including one count of homicide by drunken driving.

As part of a plea deal, the prosecutor and defense attorney are jointly recommending Hazelton be sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 6. The Leader-Telegram reports the judge is not bound by the plea agreement and could sentence Hazelton to up to 40 years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Jesse Schreiner of Eau Claire died after he hit the passenger side dashboard of Hazelton's van in the July 2012 crash.

Hazelton and three other people were hurt.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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