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Plea Deal Reached In Fatal Group Motorcycle Crash

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WWJ/AP) – A Wisconsin man has been convicted for slamming his car into a group of Michigan motorcyclists last year, killing two of them.

As part of a plea deal, 26-year-old Clinton Lovelace of Hilbert pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of killing someone by negligent operation of a vehicle. He faces a potential 40 years behind bars when sentenced on Feb. 6.

In his plea to separate reckless injury charges, Lovelace did not admit he was guilty, but did agree prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

Lovelace faced 12 felonies after crashing into a group of riders on a Fond du Lac highway in May 2012.

Police say Lovelace crossed over the center line and hit ten of the motorcycles. Daniel Winsemius and Douglas Yonkers died as a result of the crash. Eight others were injured.

All of the motorcyclists involved in the crash are from Muskegon County.

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