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Madison man pleads guilty to OWI homicide charges in deadly Middleton crash

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Eric Mehring

MADISON (WKOW) — The Madison man charged in a Middleton crash that killed three high school students has taken a plea.

During a court hearing Thursday, Eric Mehring, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. As a result of the plea, three counts of second-degree reckless homicide and two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety were dropped.

Police say Mehring was intoxicated and speeding when he rear-ended a car with three teenagers from two area school districts inside on October 2, 2021. As a result of the crash the teens — Simon Bilessi, Evan Kratochwill and Jack Miller — died.

Mehring will be sentenced in December. 

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