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Northwest Iowa man pleads guilty to OWI in 2019 fatal crash

Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) - A northwestern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in a 2019 crash that killed another man.

The Sioux City Journal reports that 42-year-old Joshua Mahler pleaded guilty last week in O’Brien County District Court to a first offense of operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. Under the terms of the plea, Mahler was sentenced to a suspended term of 180 days in jail.

Mahler will spend 60 days on electronic monitoring and a year of probation. Investigators say Mahler was driving a sport utility vehicle on Oct. 6, 2019, when he hit an off-road utility vehicle driven by 61-year-old Jerome Schueller.

Schueller was killed, and two boys ages 6 and 8 riding with Schueller were injured.

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