Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Jon David Devereaux, age 22 of West St. Paul, was sentenced today by Judge Tim Wermager to 365 days in jail, probation for 10 years, a fine of $500, and ordered into Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge in connection with a crash that occurred on November 14, 2013, in West St. Paul that resulted in the death of Robert Joseph Espinoza-Blaeser, age 21 of West St. Paul. Devereaux was the driver with seven passengers in the car at the time of the crash. He pled guilty June 13th to one count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and six counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation. Judge Wermager also ordered restitution, participation in a victim impact panel and completion of 40 hours of community work service each year of probation. If Devereaux does not remain law abiding while on probation, he could serve 61 months in prison. All other charges were dismissed.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search. Previous news releases can are at: Attorney News Releases.
Backstrom extended his sympathy to the family and friends of Robert Espinoza-Blaeser for their great loss.
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Bovitz who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the West St. Paul Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case and the Minnesota State Patrol who completed a reconstruction of this crash.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.