Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that the now 18-year-old male from Burnsville (hereinafter driver), who killed two teenagers and injured two others in a crash that occurred on Buck Hill Road in Burnsville on August 21, 2012, was sentenced today in juvenile court. Judge Tim Wermager ordered the driver to serve 60 days in the Juvenile Service Center and 100 hours of community work service. The judge also ordered the driver to serve an additional 10 days in jail on the anniversary of the deaths in 2014 and 2015.
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 driver pled guilty earlier this month 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).
Backstrom stated that this driver was 17-years-old at the time of the incident. This case was prosecuted 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 which caused two deaths and other injuries.”
The prior news release is available at County Attorney News Releases
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440