Man gets 4 years in fatal Dinkytown accident

A Maplewood man has gotten the maximum sentence of 4 years and two months for a drunken-driving crash that killed a pedestrian in Minneapolis last fall.

John Peterson had pleaded guilty in the death of 23-year-old Kandyce Stoffel of Mound. She died a day after she was struck last October while walking home with friends in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota after a night out.

The Star Tribune reports ( that Hennepin County Judge Mark Wernick said he considered giving Peterson probation. But the fact that Peterson’s blood alcohol level was at 0.16%, that he was speeding and that he gave false statements to officers at the scene about who was driving the car swayed the judge to give the maximum.

Information from: Star Tribune,