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Plea deal in Connolly case; could only get 10 years

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The man accused of getting drunk and colliding with a utility vehicle, killing four Epworth-area boys, has agreed to a plea deal that would likely carry no more than 10 years in prison.

Joseph Connolly, 25, faces four counts of vehicular homicide by operating under the influence, four counts of vehicular homicide by driving recklessly and other charges.

Connolly's attorney said both parties had reached a plea deal Friday.

Connolly is agreeing to plead guilty to all four vehicular homicide by reckless driving counts, and the state agreed to drop the four vehicular homicide by OWI and the other OWI-related charges.

Vehicular homicide by reckless driving carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, and it's likely that all four counts would run simultaneously.

The judge set the sentencing hearing for Sept. 3. The prosecution asked for a half of day of victim impact statements.

Connolly is accused of driving under the influence and striking a utility vehicle, killing all four teenagers aboard.

Authorities say he was driving a pickup last August when he ran through a stop sign and hit the utility vehicle near Epworth.

Teenagers Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nick Kramer and Bryce Wilwert were killed in the collision.

Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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