Burnsville Teen Pleads Guilty to Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Injury in Crash Near Buck Hill
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that the now 18-year-old male from Burnsville (hereinafter driver), charged in juvenile court in connection with a crash that occurred on Buck Hill Road in Burnsville on August 21, 2012 which resulted in the death of two teenagers and injuries to two others, pled guilty yesterday to two felony counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide (involving gross negligence), one felony count of Criminal Vehicular Operation (involving gross negligence resulting in substantial bodily harm), and one gross misdemeanor count of Criminal Vehicular Operation (involving gross negligence resulting in bodily harm). He will be sentenced on September 23, 2013 in Hastings.
Killed in this incident were Frederick Jeffrey Alexander, age 16, and Alesha Katherine Roehl, age 17, both of Burnsville. This crash also resulted in injuries to two males, a 16-year-old resident of Lakeville and a 17-year-old resident of Burnsville.
The prior news release is available at http://www.dakotacounty.us/LawJustice/AttorneyNewsReleases.
Backstrom stated that this driver was 17-years-old at the time of the incident. This case was filed under Minnesota’s extended juvenile jurisdiction statute which provides for a stayed adult prison sentence and extends the juvenile court’s jurisdiction over the case until the individual convicted of the crimes reaches age 21.
Backstrom commented: “We are pleased that the driver accepted responsibility for his dangerous behavior.”
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.