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Joe Connolly bond reduction denied in fatal Epworth crash

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Joseph Connolly, 24, of Holy Cross Joseph Connolly, 24, of Holy Cross
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A judge has denied the bail-reduction request of the man accused of killing four Epworth teens with his pickup truck.

Joseph Connolly was petitioning the court to reduce his $500,000 bond.

Connolly is facing charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving after an August crash where his pickup truck collided with a all-terrain vehicle carrying four boys.

The four boys were Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer and Bryce Wilwert. All of them would have been freshmen this year at Western Dubuque High School.

Dubuque District Court Judge Todd Geer said he considered several factors in his decision, among them the nature of the charges, prior record and flight risk.

Connolly's family and friends offered to sponsor him if he was released. He remains in jail awaiting a Nov. 10 court appearance.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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