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October 03, 2012 07:47 PM

Woman Pleads Guilty In 2011 Crash That Killed 5

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A 19-year-old Lower Brule woman has pleaded guilty to five counts of vehicular homicide in a wreck that killed five people and injured four more last year.

Tessa Crane appeared in a Kennebec courtroom Wednesday. She's to be sentenced in December. Crane was the driver of an Oldsmobile Cutlass that collided in August 2011 with a Toyota Corolla carrying six people.

The vehicles burst into flames on a gravel road. The victims included children: one ten-year-old was among the dead.

Lyman County States Attorney Anita Fuoss says the state dismissed lesser charges, such as driving without a license, in exchange for the plea. Crane was taken into custody Wednesday and is to return to court Dec. 20. She faces up to 75 years in prison.

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