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Man sentenced in fatal crash with north-central Minnesota bus driver


DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A Perham man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for causing the death of a northwest Minnesota bus driver in a fatal October 2018 car crash.

Richard Fisette, 39, who pleaded guilty in January to a charge of criminal vehicular homicide, received the maximum possible sentence under his plea agreement Friday, March 8. With credit for time already served, Fisette will be released in less than 4 years with good behavior.

Fisette admitted in court he had smoked meth and marijuana the day before the crash. He hadn't slept the night before he slammed his car into 50-year-old Marlin Miller's vehicle, which was parked along County Highway 10 in Frazee, Minn.

Fisette has 15 prior convictions, including for speeding, theft and DWI dating back to 1998. His most recent speeding ticket was in May, and the DWIs were in 2007 and 2008.

In addition to being sentenced to 68 months in prison, Fisette was also ordered to pay restitution as claimed by the victim’s family, as well as a $50 fine and court fees. Two additional felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide were dismissed in the plea agreement.

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