Man Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed Store Owner
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A St. Louis Park man has pleaded guilty in a crash that killed the owner of a hardware store.
The Hennepin County Attorney's office says 20-year-old Jorge Juarez pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
Juarez pleaded guilty as jury selection was about to start for his trial. Prosecutors plan to ask for a prison term of more than four years at sentencing Dec. 19.
Juarez was accused of driving impaired on April 15 when his SUV drifted into the other lane and smashed into an oncoming car, killing the driver, 75-year-old James Hance. Hance was the owner of Hance Ace Hardware in Hopkins.
Juarez admitted he smoked marijuana and took a depressant before getting in his vehicle. He also said he was texting and speeding at the time of the crash.