4/8/2019 11:35:00 AM Walker pleads guilty to criminal vehicular homicide
At a plea hearing before Judge John Hoffman in Washington County District Court April 5, former County Commissioner Lora Walker, 49, agreed to plead guilty to one count of criminal vehicular homicide.
According to Mille Lacs County Attorney Joe Walsh details of probation and sentencing get firmed-up later.
Walsh’s office accepted the investigation and pursuit of charges, to avoid the matter being handled by Chisago county due to Walker holding elected office at the time of the fatal crash on I-35.
On March 11, 2017 Walker’s SUV collided with a Ford Fusion driven by a Wisconsin man, about 3:30 p.m. She was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of the freeway between North Branch and Harris. The man died and Walker suffered serious injuries.
One of her attorneys, Samuel Edmunds, said “Ms Walker is thankful to have this opportunity to resolve the case in a way that benefits the victim’s family as much as possible.
“This incident was the result of her medical condition called hypoglycemic unawareness. Ms. Walker feels tremendous sorrow for the Brisky family and will forever keep them in her prayers. “Edmunds concluded.
Walker reportedly will be agreeing to 48 months in prison, with this being stayed on conditions Walsh said will be put into writing at sentencing. One condition is that she do a 90 day in-home monitor, and she must not drive. A criminal fine and other terms such as length of probation, are still under review, according to Walsh.
Walker did not seek re-election in November 2018 and Chris DuBose won the vote, and currently represents the district comprised of much of the south side of North Branch and all of Lent Township and Center City.