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Dale pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

Jacob Dale, a 19-year-old Alexandria man who was charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide last summer, has pleaded guilty.

Dale entered the plea to one of the counts, criminal vehicle homicide while operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, on May 14 and will be sentenced on July 8 at 9 a.m., according to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.

Under the plea agreement, he could face up to 41 months in prison. His attorney, however, is expected to request Judge Dave Battey to depart from giving that long of a sentence.

The charges against Dale stem from a May 25, 2013 crash on Interstate 94 that killed 19-year-old Landon Lien of Carlos.

Their vehicle sideswiped a semi and rolled into the median about six miles east of Alexandria.

The criminal complaint alleged that Dale was driving drunk and speeding at the time of the crash.

Last month, Dale and another suspect were charged with an unrelated crime, selling marijuana and Xanax prescription drugs in an undercover drug sting on April 13. Dale, who was out on bail at the time, was charged with two fifth-degree felony charges for possessing and selling controlled substances. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Prior to the drug arrest, Dale violated the terms of his release three other times by either testing positive for alcohol or marijuana, or missing scheduled tests, according to authorities.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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