Jon Devereaux pleads guilty to 7 counts, including vehicular homicide

Jon David Devereaux

Dakota County attorney James Backstrom announced Jon David Devereaux of West St. Paul entered a guilty plea to one count of criminal vehicular homicide, as well as six counts of criminal vehicular operation, in Dakota County District Court on Friday, June 13.

The guilty plea was in connection with a crash that occurred on Nov. 14, 2013, in West St. Paul. The horrific accident resulted in the death of West St. Paul resident Robert Joseph Espinoza-Blaeser, 21, and the injuries of several others.

"I was pleased he accepted responsibility for the tragedy he caused by pleading guilty," Backstrom stated. "This was a terrible loss to the family of Robert Esponoza-Blaeser, and the other victims of the crash. This is another example of the dangers of drinking and driving."

Devereaux was the driver with seven passengers in the car at the time of the crash. While traveling westbound on Bernard Street in West St. Paul, the passengers said they warned Devereaux to slow down, but instead he laughed and sped the vehicle up to 60 mph, racing through a red light at South Robert Street.

Devereaux then reportedly began weaving back and forth across the full width of the road, still laughing, until he lost control and flipped the vehicle, which eventually landed upright wedged atop a fence. Several of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled.

Judge Tim Wermager has ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing for Aug. 13. Devereaux remains in the Dakota County Jail.

--Tim Faklis


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