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Ogema man gets 41 months for fatal crash

An Ogema man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a 2007 auto crash that killed a passenger.

Glen Ray Yoder, 24, of 33068 County Road 34, Ogema, pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide on Jan. 8. He was originally charged with two counts, but the second charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, Yoder was the driver in an early morning car crash Oct. 21, 2007, that took the life of Jethro Dean Nelson, 32, of rural Detroit Lakes.

Deputies and White Earth tribal police officers were dispatched at 1:42 a.m. that morning to the scene of the accident on County Road 143.

It was apparent to the officers that the 1993 Subaru had been traveling east on County Road 143, had left the roadway, flipped or rolled, hit several trees, and came to rest on its side.

Yoder was the driver. The passenger, Nelson, was found dead on the ground, the victim of trauma caused by the crash.

Yoder's blood alcohol concentration tested at .22 percent, according to court records.

On Thursday, District Judge Lisa Borgen sentenced him to 41 months in prison, with credit for 50 days served in jail. He was fined $50 plus court fees to be taken from prison pay.

Yoder's vehicle will be released to the victim's family as soon as possible.