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Rural Dakota County Man Guilty of Criminal Vehicular Homicide is Sentenced – Gesme, Keri James
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Keri James Gesme, age 28, of Hampton Township, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Karen Asphaug to 365 days in the Dakota County jail, 10 years of probation and a $700 fine in connection with a crash that occurred November 8, 2012, in Hampton Township on Highway 50 just outside of New Trier, that took the life of Dennis Paul Underwood, age 27, of Cannon Falls.  Gesme pled guilty December 9, 2013, to one count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide (a felony).  Two additional counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide were dismissed. 

Additional facts pertaining to this case are available in the criminal complaint online at: Criminal Complaint Search. Prior news releases can be found online at: Attorney News Releases.

Backstrom commented: “We are pleased that the defendant accepted responsibility for his criminal behavior that took a life.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Dennis Underwood for their great loss.”

Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Heather Pipenhagen, who prosecuted the case. 

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.​