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Driver pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed Army veteran

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Late Tuesday afternoon, the man accused of hitting and killing an Army veteran while driving drunk near Hinckley, Minn., last June entered a guilty plea, admitting he had 9 drinks and 4 shots before the crash.

Derek Sanders, 31, entered his guilty plea in Pine County for his role in the crash that left 24-year-old Trevor Langlois critically injured on an Interstate 35 ramp. Langlois spent days in the hospital before he succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind his wife and young son, Ethan.

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The plea deal calls for just one year spent in county jail, but Langlois family told Fox 9 News they "felt compelled" to sign off on it or else risk Sanders walking.

Sanders was arrested by state troopers at his parents' home in Wyoming, Minn., after a tip was reported to Bloomington police that the suspect vehicle may have been found. Troopers followed the lead and a pickup truck matching the one they were seeking and found it was registered to Sanders; however, he maintains he does not remember hitting Langlois. 

No criminal record can be found for Sanders, but Fox 9 News learned he did receive four traffic citations within the last 10 years -- including driving without insurance and without a seatbelt in 2004 and speeding tickets in 2006 and 2007.

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