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RED WING — The Rochester man who admitted to drinking alcohol before a fatal crash was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

Dustin Lee Hicks, 34, was sentenced on Nov. 25 in Goodhue County District Court by Douglas Bayley to 120 months imprisonment with credit for 213 days already served, according to court records. Hicks pleaded guilty in September to felony criminal vehicular homicide-operate a motor vehicle — alcohol concentration 0.08 or more within two hours of driving, according to court records. 

Krista Koblitz, 34, of Rochester, was killed in the April 27 crash.

Hicks must serve at least two-thirds of the 120 months in prison and could serve the remainder of the sentence on supervised release if no disciplinary offenses are committed during his imprisonment, according to court records.

Charges of felony criminal vehicular homicide-operate a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance and gross misdemeanor offenses of driving after cancellation and driving while under the influence of alcohol, as well as a petty misdemeanor failure to drive in a single lane were all dismissed as part of the plea.

Hicks had been held on bail since April 29.

Goodhue County Sheriff’s deputies were called in the early morning hours of April 27 to the 29000 block of County 6 Boulevard in Featherstone Township for a report of a car in a ditch, according to court records.

Court documents indicate that Hicks told deputies on scene he was drinking, driving and had swerved for a deer and overcorrected. A preliminary breath test indicated Hicks had a breath-alcohol content of 0.202. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.