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Oak Grove man receives double sentence for criminal vehicular homicide

Michael Patrick Skubits, 28, of Oak Grove, Minn., pleaded guilty March 1 to criminal vehicular homicide for a drunken driving crash last November that killed a passenger in his truck.

He was sentenced Monday, May 24, to 116 months in prison, double the usual sentence imposed under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. He must also pay $9,593.90 in restitution to the victim's family for reimbursement for funeral expenses, mandatory fines and submit a DNA sample.

According to the criminal complaint, his blood alcohol level was 0.20 percent Nov. 8 when he was involved in a one-vehicle crash that killed Jon Michael Blaskey, 27, of Anoka, Minn., in rural Itasca County.

Skubitz had prior convictions for DWI on March 11, 2003, Feb. 26, 2004 and June 5, 2008. He also multiple probation violations and remained on supervised probation at the time of the crash from the 2008 offense. He was also on a no-drink order.