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Arizona man pleads guilty in fatal head-on crash on US 95

Updated April 12, 2017 - 10:22 pm

A northwest Arizona man faces prison time after pleading guilty to manslaughter in a deadly head-on collision last year on U.S. Highway 95 that authorities say was alcohol-related.

Shane Richardson, a 27-year-old Bullhead City resident, entered the plea Wednesday during a hearing in Kingman. Tthe plea agreement’s terms require Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn to impose a 15-year prison term at a June 5 sentencing hearing.

The state Public Safety Department said Richardson crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle driven by Joseph Frederick, 57, of Bullhead City on Feb. 8, 2016, near Fort Mohave, Arizona.

Frederick was fatally injured in the fiery crash; Richardson was injured and hospitalized.

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