Triple Vehicular Homicide Sentencing 10 Aug 13

A 22-year-old Cokato man who pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for a car crash that killed 3 people last year was sentenced to over 5 years in prison Friday. Paul Anthony Wickenhauser had been charged with 15 felony counts for the triple-fatality east of Willmar last August, but avoided a jury trial with his 3 guilty pleas. A 68-year-old Atwater woman and her daughter-in-law and 8-year-old grandchild were all killed in the head-on crash, and a 5-year-old was seriously injured. Wickenhauser had reportedly been drinking prior to the accident, and was just over the legal limit for driving when it occurred. He was sentenced to 67 months in prison in Kandiyohi County Court Friday, and was ordered to report to prison immediately. He was also fined over $3,000.