Another no contest plea in fatal crash

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Two people were charged in Cory Folts’ death
By: 

Warren Bluhm, wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com

The driver in a fatal crash that took the life of an Oconto Falls man will be sentenced Aug. 1 after changing her plea last week.

Kelly Nicole Crispin, 28, St. Paul, Minnesota, pleaded no contest June 11 to homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with the Sept. 29 crash that killed Cory Folts, 22.

In a plea agreement filed in Oconto County Circuit Court, Assistant District Attorney Robert Mraz will ask Oconto County Judge Michael T. Judge to dismiss charges of homicide by use of a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol content and second-degree reckless homicide.

According to the agreement, Mraz will recommend that Crispin be sentenced to 7½ years in prison followed by 7½ years of extended supervision and that she be ordered to perform 80 hours of community service, among other conditions.

It’s the same recommendation negotiated with a second defendant, Eric Solomon, but at sentencing Judge handed down a 10-year prison term followed by 10 years of extended supervision, a total of 20 years under the eye of the state Department of Corrections. The maximum is 25 years.

Authorities say Solomon struck Crispin and grabbed the steering wheel during an argument 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. The 22-year-old man was killed instantly.