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Wickenhauser appears on charges for triple fatal crash, bail set at $300,000

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WILLMAR -- Unconditional bail was set at $300,000 for the 21-year-old Cokato man facing four felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide and injury for the fiery crash that killed three people Friday east of Willmar.

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District Judge Randall J. Slieter set bail for Paul Anthony Wickenhauser this morning in Kandiyohi County District Court. Conditional bail was set at $50,000 with release conditions including that Wickenhauser submit to electronic alcohol monitoring and not enter bars or liquor stores.

Wickenhauser's next court appearance is Nov. 19. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of open bottle.

The young man faces three counts of criminal vehicular homicide for the deaths of Marta Stoffers, 68, of Atwater, her daughter-in-law, Michelle Hoffman, 40, of Eden Prairie, and Hoffman's 8-year-old daughter.

Wickenhauser also faces a felony for criminal vehicular injury for the injuries suffered by a second child in the crash.

According to the State Patrol, the child killed was Julia Hoffman. Michael and Michelle Hoffman's 5-year-old son Jason Hoffman was injured and is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center. He was listed in critical condition in a report from the Minnesota State Patrol on Saturday. A spokesman at the Minneapolis hospital said Sunday that the family wanted no more information released about the boy.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis has reported that family and friends say Jason will be released from the hospital this week.

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