FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (WLUK) - The man accused of crashing into a group of motorcyclists last year, killing two of them, entered a no contest plea to homicide charges Tuesday afternoon in Fond du Lac County court.
Charges against Clinton Lovelace, 26, were amended, according to WOOD TV8's Green Bay sister station WLUK. His defense attorney argued the level of Oxycodone was too small to prove Lovelace was intoxicated.
He pleaded no contest to two counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, and entered an Alford plea to three counts of second-degree reckless injury. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but agrees the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction. The judge then finds the defendant guilty.
According to prosecutors, Lovelace will face up to 20 years in prison under terms of the plea deal.
On May 31, 2012, Lovelace crossed the centerline of Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County with his car, striking 10 motorcyclist in a group of 12. They were members of a club that calls itself the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang.
Two members of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang, Dan Winsemius and Doug Yonkers, were killed in the crash. Eight other riders were injured.
Lovelace was found with small amounts of Oxycodone and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.
In April, a judge ruled Lovelace's bloody clothes, syringes found in his pants pocket and a cell phone could be used as evidence at trial. The trial was scheduled to begin in about two weeks.
Lovelace remains in jail. His sentencing date is tentatively set for Feb. 6.
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