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Pierce County man pleads guilty to homicide charge

A 22-year-old Pierce County man pleaded guilty Monday to two felony charges in connection with a fatal January car crash outside of Ellsworth.

Kyle Jensen, Beldenville, will be sentenced in September for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Two other charges stemming from the crash were dropped.

The crash that killed 21-year-old Andrew Elsen took place just after 1 p.m. on Jan. 27. Jensen's pickup truck was broadsided by a semitrailer traveling about 50 mph on Highway 63 near County Road N in Ellsworth Township.

Jensen, the driver of the pickup, was allegedly drinking beer shortly before the crash, according to the criminal complaint.

Jensen faces a maximum of 35 years in prison and a $125,000 fine but will likely see a reduced sentence as a result of the plea hearing.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Pierce County courthouse in Ellsworth.