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Former surgeon pleads no contest to fatal crash that stirred legislative debate

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Former surgeon Mark Benson pleaded no contest Tuesday to causing a fatal crash that helped drive the state Legislature's current debate over drunken driving laws.

He faces up to 53 years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 10. Authorities said Benson, 56, was high on prescription drugs, and not alcohol, when his car rear-ended another and killed three people in Oconomowoc 14 months ago.

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