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Cokato man gets 67 months for triple fatal crash

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WILLMAR — A 22-year-old Cokato man was sentenced Friday to the expected 67 months in prison for causing a crash that killed three people last summer near Willmar.

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As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court, Paul Anthony Wickenhauser was also ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and restitution, which has not yet been determined.

The felony charges for criminal vehicular homicide or operation with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more include one charge for each of the three victims: Martha Stoffers, 68, of Atwater; her daughter-in-law, Michelle Hoffman, 40, of Eden Prairie; and Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter, Julia.

They were killed Aug. 17, 2012, near where U.S. Highway 12 intersects with Kandiyohi County Road 127. Hoffman’s 5-year-old son, Jason, also suffered injuries in the crash.

Wickenhauser entered a plea agreement last week to the 67-month sentence and was immediately taken into the custody of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, which will transport him to prison.

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