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Man sentenced to 7 years in 2017 New Year's Day crash that killed 2

TREMPEALEAU, Wis. (WKBT) - A Trempealeau County man is sentenced to seven years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision for the 2017 News Year's Day crash that killed two.

Josue Cruz Escobar was charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in Trempealeau County Court Wednesday.

PREVIOUS: A Trempealeau County man pleads no contest to charges he caused the deaths of two people in a 2017 New Year's Day crash.

Josue Cruz Escobar appeared in Trempealeau County Circuit Court Monday and made pleas to two counts of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Vehicle. Eight other charges were dismissed, but can be considered when Escobar is sentenced on April 4. 

PREVIOUS: The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department said Escobar, 30, of Arcadia, was traveling southbound on State Road 93 by near Knutson Valley Road on January 1, 2017, when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck another vehicle traveling north bound. Escobar's vehicle then collided with another vehicle traveling north bound. 

The two people in the southbound vehicle, Lizbeth Gonzales, 19, of Independence, and Leslie Flores, 18 of Independence, were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver and another passenger, Jonathan Ochoa were flown to to Mayo-Rochester in critical condition. 

The driver of the first vehicle, Eric Davidson, was transported with minor injuries.
 


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