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Timothy Saavedra gets plea deal in double fatal OWI crash

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin man will be sentenced May 20th, after he pleaded no contest to causing a drunk driving crash that killed two Wisconsin Rapids women.

22-year-old Timothy Saavedra struck a plea deal with prosecutors. The state will ask a Portage County judge to order a 15-year prison term with 15 more years of extended supervision.

Saavedra was convicted on two counts of homicide by drunk driving and one count of OWI injury. Five other charges were dropped -- including reckless homicide and related drunk driving counts.

Authorities said Saavedra was driving his pickup truck at 94 miles an hour when it hit a cluster of trees near Rudolph last summer. Two of his passengers -- Stephanie Eberhardt and Melissa Peterson-Suzda, both 21 -- were killed. A 21-year-old Rudolph man survived the crash.

Authorities said Saavedra's blood alcohol level was 0.14 shortly after the crash. Early media reports said Saavedra was from Loyal, but online court records now list his address as Rudolph.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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