Elkhorn man pleads guilty in crash that killed 6-year-old boy

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Darryl Enriquez
Saturday, February 12, 2011
— Jeremy Dees, 33, of Elkhorn was found guilty Friday of killing 9-year-old Carter Dorwin by negligently smashing his Jeep into an oncoming car that was carrying the boy.

Saying he didn’t want to put the Dorwin family through the agony of a jury trial, Dees entered no contest pleas to three charges originating from the fatal crash Nov. 16.

Defense attorney James B. Duquette said he did not agree with Dees’ decision because a prior sentencing deal had not been struck between Dees and Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss.

Dees’ move allows Koss to ask that the defendant be handed the maximum sentence for the homicide charge—five years in prison, followed by five years of extended supervision.

A pre-sentence report was ordered. Sentencing will be April 7 before Walworth County Judge John Race.

After the court hearing, Koss said he would review the pre-sentence report before deciding whether he would ask for the maximum sentence.

Dees’ conviction was the second this week involving a negligent driver killing a child in a traffic crash.

Scott Dragotta, 44, of East Troy was found guilty Monday in the drunken driving death of 6-year-old Treyton Kilar of Whitewater. Treyton was killed Sept. 2 when Dragotta ran a stop sign at Highway 20 and County N, striking the Kilar vehicle.

Dragotta also pleaded no contest to the charges without first reaching a sentencing agreement with Koss. His sentencing date is May 9.

The Dees’ crash happened on County H north of Lake Geneva. Koss said Dees was traveling about 50 mph when impact occurred, Koss said.

Dees was found guilty of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle and two lesser counts of causing injury by reckless driving.

Police say Dees’ Jeep twice swerved into the oncoming traffic lane and smashed into a sedan driven by Carter’s mother, Nicole, who had failed to swerve out of the way. Nicole, 36, and Carter’s 4-year-old brother, Bradley, suffered minor injuries.

Last updated: 4:20 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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