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Man pleads guilty in fatal single-car rollover

March 20, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has admitted to charges in the death of one of his passengers after he drove drunk and caused a single-car rollover.

The Billings Gazette reports 32-year-old Andrew Preston Martell, of Wolf Point, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter in U.S. District Court.

There is no plea agreement in the case.

Martell was driving on Oct. 1, 2018, with his girlfriend and another woman as passengers.

The government’s offer of proof says Martell drove off a straight county road on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, and came to rest in a ditch.

A crash investigation shows the car rolled end over end, landing on the driver’s side and trapping all three occupants.

The fire department had to extricate each person, but 33-year-old Krystal Karol Brown died at the scene.

Sentencing is set for June.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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