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New Richmond woman convicted in homicide-by-vehicle case

Bailey S. Martin

Sentencing set for September

A New Richmond woman accused by prosecutors of driving drunk during a fatal 2015 crash pleaded guilty in the case Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Bailey S. Martin, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Lesser charges stemming from the case were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

She was charged after the Oct. 24, 2015, crash on Highway 64 in Somerset that left passenger Jordan M. Cloutier, of Osceola, dead. Prosecutors alleged that Martin was behind the wheel at the time of the crash and recorded a 0.18 blood-alcohol reading in a breath test performed by officers.

Martin was driving Cloutier to New Richmond from the Outpost Bar after drinking five beers and a shot of alcohol, she allegedly told authorities after the crash.

Sentencing in the case — being presided over by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham — is set for Sept. 28.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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