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Clarence Helgevold Jr., the man responsible for the January death of 47-year-old George Larion, entered guilty pleas to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence during a Friday change of plea hearing in Kenai superior court. 052711 NEWS 1 Peninsula Clarion Clarence Helgevold Jr., the man responsible for the January death of 47-year-old George Larion, entered guilty pleas to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence during a Friday change of plea hearing in Kenai superior court.
Friday, May 27, 2011

Story last updated at 5/27/2011 - 4:17 pm

Helgevold enters plea deal



Clarence Helgevold Jr., the man responsible for the January death of 47-year-old George Larion, entered guilty pleas to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence during a Friday change of plea hearing in Kenai superior court.

Helgevold, 60, originally pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and DUI stemming from the accident, in which Helgevold hit Larion's snowmachine with his car. Larion was thrown from the snowmachine and died at the scene, near the intersection of Brown's Lake Road and Seclusion Street off of Funny River Road.

The plea deal stipulates Helgevold serve four-and-a-half years of active jail for the reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide, and six months of active jail for the DUI misdemeanor, for a total of five years.

Read more about Helgevold's plea deal in Sunday's Clarion.

-- Peninsula Clarion staff report





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