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Tigerton woman, 29, pleads guilty in fatal drunken-driving crash

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) -

A 29-year-old Tigerton woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies in the drunken-driving crash that killed a motorcyclist last summer, according to online Portage County court records.

In a plea deal, Billie Jo McSherry was convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and operating while intoxicated causing injury in the July 8 crash that killed Robert Korhonen, 48, of Antigo and critically injured his 25-year-old daughter Stacey Zarda, court records said.

Prosecutors withdrew or dismissed nine other charges, most of the them felonies.

McSherry is to be sentenced July 6.

The courtroom was filed for McSherry's plea deal, with many people wearing matching shirts supporting Korhonen's family.

During the 20-minute hearing, McSherry said little, other than answering the judge's questions, and a couple of times wiped tears from her face.

According to the criminal complaint, McSherry's blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit to drive when she crossed the center line on state Highway 49 and hit the motorcycle.

McSherry told investigators she consumed three "alcoholic beverages" before driving that day, the complaint said.

McSherry, who was jailed on a $350,000 bond, has been convicted of drunken driving twice before, in 2011 and 2014, the complaint said.

At the time of the fatal crash, McSherry's nine-year-old daughter was a passenger in the car, investigators said.

The maximum punishment for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle is 40 years in prison.

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