No contest plea in fatal crash

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Solomon to be sentenced May 13 for death of Cory Folts
By: 

Warren Bluhm, wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com


Eric Solomon is escorted into Oconto County Judge Michael Judge’s courtroom, where he pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide for the Sept. 11 crash that killed Cory Folts of Oconto Falls. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The trial of a Wyoming man was canceled last week after the man pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide, in the death of Cory Folts, of Oconto Falls.

Eric W. Solomon, 32, Plymouth, Wyoming, was scheduled to stand trial Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Authorities say Solomon grabbed the steering wheel during an argument with Kelly Nicole Crispin as she drove southbound on U.S. Highway 41-141 in Abrams, forcing her to lose control of the pickup truck and veer across the median to collide with Folts, who was driving north.

About 25 of Folts’ friends and family, one of them holding a photograph of the victim, looked on March 26 as Oconto County Judge Michael T. Judge queried Solomon to ensure that he understood the ramifications of his no-contest plea.

The judge scheduled sentencing for May 13 and ordered a presentence investigation. Solomon faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. As part of the plea agreement, the state plans to recommend a 15-year term comprising 7½ years in prison followed by 7½ years of extended supervision.

Five charges were dismissed but will be read into the record for Judge to consider at sentencing: homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, homicide by use of a motor vehicle with a prohibited blood-alcohol content, hit-and-run causing death, first-degree reckless endangerment, and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer.

Crispin’s next scheduled court appearance is a status conference on April 11. She faces charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, homicide by use of a motor vehicle with a prohibited blood-alcohol content, and second-degree reckless homicide.