Kvasnicka pleads guilty in 2010 drunken wrong-way fatal crash
A 33 year-old woman accused in a wrong-way drunken crash in Sioux Falls has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and vehicular battery, despite her case being overturned last year.
It was a quick court hearing in Minnehaha County, Thursday, as Judge Robin Houwman read off the rights that Tammy Kvasnicka has chosen to give up.
Kvasnicka was drunk and driving the wrong way on I-229 in Sioux Falls when her vehicle was crashed into the vehicle 27-year-old Michael Xayavong was driving.
Last October, an appeals court overturned her conviction because an officer that investigated the case testified that the force of the crash was like 900 handguns going off at the same time.
Later, Kvasnicka attempted to dismiss her Blood Alcohol Content level as evidence in her next trial. Last week, a judge ruled that it would not be admissible.
"Do you admit that, at the time, you were driving the vehicle, without design or intention to affect the death of, but through use of a dangerous weapon, that you killed a human being?" Judge Robin Houwman asked in court.
"Yes, I do," an emotional Tammy Kvasnicka said as she made her guilty plea.
On Thursday, Kvasnicka pleaded guilty to 1st Degree Manslaughter and Vehicular Battery.
She faces almost 40 years in prison and could pay almost $200,000 in restitution.
The defense has asked the court to delay Kvasnicka's sentencing hearing. Stick with KSFY News as we continue to follow new developments in this case.
Friday, August 1 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:19:37 GMT
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