- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Livingston man who served six months in jail for a 2001 drunken driving crash that killed his passenger has pleaded guilty to violating his probation when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI this spring.

Aaron Kent Holsinger acknowledged Friday that he violated his probation in the negligent homicide case, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported (https://bit.ly/1nJZzc2 ).

Holsinger, 33, could face up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 30. He said he also plans to plead guilty to the DUI charge from the April traffic stop south of Livingston. Court records say Holsinger’s blood-alcohol level was 0.182, which is more than twice the limit of 0.08 at which a person is considered legally intoxicated.

Thirteen years ago, District Judge Mike Salvagni sentenced Holsinger to 20 years in prison with all but six months suspended for the April 2001 death of Gina Erickson, 22, of Amsterdam, after the woman’s family asked the judge to give Holsinger a second chance.

“The defendant should be entirely grateful to the Erickson family,” Salvagni told Holsinger during his August 2001 sentencing. “They have not come here looking for revenge.”

Salvagni will also sentence Holsinger on the probation violation.

In 2001, Holsinger, then 20, and Erickson were traveling back from a party north of Bozeman around 5 a.m. Prosecutors say he was trying to change a CD when he lost control of his Ford Bronco and it went off the road and down a 50-foot embankment, where it landed in a creek. Erickson was pinned under the vehicle.

Holsinger’s blood-alcohol level was 0.08 about three hours after the crash. At the time, a person was considered legally intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 or higher.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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