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Criminal Vehicular Homicide Sentence for Devereax in West. St. Paul DWI Death

Criminal Vehicular Homicide Sentence for Devereax in West. St. Paul DWI Death

On August 14, 2014, Jon Devereaux was sentenced for criminal vehicular homicide to one year in jail, 10 years probation, and a $500.00 fine. He hit and killed a 21 year old man while drunk. He also was ordered to pay restitution and attend a victim impact panel. He also must complete 40 hours of community service for every year that he is on probation. Devereaux pled guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for killing Robert Joseph Espinoza-Blaeser. There were multiple charges or counts of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation. The accident occurred in West St. Paul on Bernard Street in Dakota County. Blaeser, a 21 year old man, was found dead at the scene. A white SUV also struck a fence and then drove off. Officers were able to locate the SUV, which was parked in a nearby driveway. The SUV was found in a witness’s home. The witness reported that Devereaux was messing around with his car while driving. He had rolled the wheel and flipped over the car. The other individuals in the car fled.
Devereaux admitted that he had been drinking and that he was the driver. He also admitted that he lost control of the car and rolled it. There were eight other people in the car at the time of the accident. Devereaux took a blood sample with an alcohol concentration of .12. The legal limit of alcohol in Minnesota is .08.  Devereaux caused a death while driving with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more. Thus, the law presumes he was acting in a “grossly negligent” manner.  Accordingly, since CVO/CVH requires gross negligence, he was charged with criminal vehicular homicide.
If Devereaux violates probation, he will be looking at 61 months in prison under the Minnesota Felony Sentencing Guidelines. If you have been charged with Criminal vehicular homicide or operation, contact Keller Law Offices for a free consultation. The consequences are serious and most individuals will face jail or prison time. There are many defenses that a skilled Minnesota Defense attorney like Max Keller can argue on your behalf. Contact Keller Law Offices to discuss the specific details in your case. All consultations are confidential. Call (952) 913-1421 if you have been charged with a drinking related driving offense in Minnesota.

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