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Herrmann pleads guilty to six charges


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- A guilty plea from the man charged with drunk driving in a crash this summer that killed an Onalaska woman.

27 year old Jesse Herrmann of Holmen faced a number of charges in the June 25th crash on Highway 35 between Onalaska and Holmen.

The impact killed 23-year-old Theresa Kroes and injured four others.

Prosecutors say Herrmann rear-ended the car that was turning left off the highway about four o clock in the afternoon.

All five women graduated from Onalaska High School in 2006.

According to court documents, Herrmann's preliminary blood alcohol content was .277, more than three times the legal limit for driving.

By agreeing to plead guilty, Herrmann avoids a trial.

In court on Monday, the prosecution and defense revealed a plea agreement.

Jesse Herrmann is pleading guilty to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and five other counts in the complaint.

These charges carry a maximum penalty of 134 years in prison and 270 thousand dollars in fines.

The agreement also states no minimum sentence, giving the judge discretion.

Two charges against Herrmann have also been dismissed; they are hit and run causing injury and first degree reckless endangerment.

These counts will be read in, however have been dismissed.

"Herrmann is one of the unique clients I have had. He has been very remorseful from the beginning. He feels terrible about what has happened. He wants to take this put it behind him and make amends. He cannot do anything to undo the damage but he does want everyone to know he is sorry," said Chris Doerfler, Herrmann's attorney.

Doerfler is also looking to alcohol treatment programs for Herrmann.

Both the defense and prosecution will now submit pre-sentencing reports.

A sentencing date is expected to be set within the next couple of days.

Prosecutors have asked for a half day to be set aside for a sentencing hearing because they expect a large number of people to take the stand.

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