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Beaulieu pleads guilty to one count

By Lu Ann Hurd-Lof Park Rapids Enterprise Laurine Marie Beaulieu, 42, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular homicide and will be sentenced April 28. Beaulieu was charged following the death of Paul P. Howard in a car-bic...

By Lu Ann Hurd-Lof

Park Rapids Enterprise

Laurine Marie Beaulieu, 42, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular homicide and will be sentenced April 28.

Beaulieu was charged following the death of Paul P. Howard in a car-bicycle accident July 24 near Itasca State Park.

Howard, 52, of Rochester, was in the area vacationing with his family.

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Beaulieu originally was charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and other offenses and a trial was set for April 14.

At a pre-trial hearing March 24, charges of driving after revocation and failure to provide proof of insurance were dismissed.

According to Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, Judge Robert Tiffany approved a plea agreement two days later.

The remaining charge of criminal vehicular homicide is specific to leaving the scene of an accident, Dearstyne said.

Dearstyne also said he talked with the widow of the deceased and she was "relieved it was not going to trial" and "okay with that resolution."

Although a presentence report has been ordered, Dearstyne said the plea agreement calls for a sentence of 71 months. With time already served, Beaulieu would spend approximately five years in jail.

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