Man Who Pleaded Guilty in Fatal St. Paul Hit-and-Run is Sentenced

August 15, 2018 06:19 PM

The man who pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in connection to a hit-and-run crash that killed a restaurant employee in St. Paul last November was sentenced Wednesday.

Court records show 29-year-old Dustin Joel Hegner Royce was sentenced to four years (48 months) in prison. He was given credit for 170 days served.

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Royce was accused of driving the vehicle that killed Jose Hernandez Solano, a Brasa Rotisserie employee who was heading home on his bicycle on Nov. 26 of last year when he was struck by a tan SUV at Grand Avenue and West Seventh Street.

The vehicle ran a red light, according to police. Solano died several days later.

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Royce had originally pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular manslaughter, but entered an amended guilty plea to one count in June.

Royce's mother - Abbey Rose Hegner - is charged with two counts of aiding an offender in connection with Solano's death. She has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Friday.

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