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Driver in fatal crash pleads guilty

Robert Gene Mayfield of Sweet Home pleaded guilty Dec. 11 as part of an agreement in Linn County Circuit Court to charges of criminally negligent homicide and fourth-degree assault in connection to a crash that killed Neil Nightingale of Sweet Home in 2016.

The plea agreement places parameters on the possible sentence, said Mayfield’s attorney, Laura A. Fine. Under the agreement, the state will seek up to 13 months incarceration, while the defense is asking for probation.

Mayfield also agreed to pay restitution, which had not been set yet, and to post-prison supervision, Fine said.

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