Shakopee Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash that Killed Des Moines Woman

Brandon Dellwo Photo: Rice County
Brandon Dellwo

April 09, 2018 02:59 PM

A Shakopee man has pleaded guilty in connection to an August crash near Northfield that left a Des Moines woman dead. 

Brandon Patrick Dellwo entered the amended pleas – to one each of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation – Monday in Rice County court. 

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RELATED: Man Pleads Not Guilty in Connection to Crash That Killed Woman in Rice County

A DWI charge was dismissed. Dellwo had pleaded not guilty to all three counts in November. He's scheduled to be sentenced June 14.

The charges stem from an early-morning crash on Highway 19 near Northfield on Aug. 6.

Authorities said Dellwo operated his vehicle with negligence and while under the influence of alcohol in the crash that led to the death of 29-year-old Kacy Elizabeth Merseal.

The State Patrol report said Merseal was killed when the 2008 Volkswagen EOS she was driving was struck head-on by a Lincoln Navigator traveling the wrong way in the westbound lane of Highway 19 near Bagley Avenue before 12:15 a.m. 

RELATED: Man Charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide After Rice County Crash

A criminal complaint stated that after he was taken to the Rice County Jail, Dellwo provided a sample that showed his blood alcohol content was .266.

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