FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A man has agreed to a plea deal for driving his car into a group of motorcyclists last year, killing two of them.
In Fond duc Lac County court Tuesday, 26-year-old Clinton Lovelace entered a no contest plea to two counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, and entered an Alford plea to 3 counts of second-degree reckless injury. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilty but agrees the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction. The judge then finds the defendant guilty.
Lovelace's attorney argued the level of Oxycodone was too small to prove his client was intoxicated.
According to prosecutors, Lovelace will face up to 20 years in prison under terms of the plea deal.
On May 31, 2012, Lovelace allegedly crossed the centerline of Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County with his car, striking 10 out of a group of 12 motorcyclists. They were members of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang.
Two members of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang, Dan Winsemius and Doug Yonkers, were killed in the crash. Eight other riders were injured.
Lovelace was found with small amounts of Oxycodone and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.
In April, a judge ruled Lovelace's bloody clothes, syringes found in his pants pocket and a cell phone could be used as evidence at trial. The trial was scheduled to begin in about two weeks.
Lovelace remains in jail. His sentencing date is set for February 6.