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Quebedeaux changes plea; says he's guilty as charged

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Posted: Nov 8, 2010 5:48 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Nov 8, 2010 5:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Derek Quebedeaux, guilty, plea, drunk, driving, vehicular, homicide, Amite

BATON ROUGE - A man who originally pleaded not guilty to hitting and killing three people in a 2009 drunken driving accident has changed his mind.

Derek Quebedeaux pleaded guilty Monday morning to all charges against him and said he takes responsibility for the crash.

During the 20-minute hearing, Quebedeaux looked down as the judge addressed him, never looking at the victims' families who filled the courtroom.

Outside the courtroom just moments after what was supposed to be his trial, News 2 asked him why he changed his plea. He simply shook his head and looked at the floor.

Quebedeaux's attorney, Michael Thiel, cited the amount of evidence against him as one reason for changing his plea but also added that it’s "time to move on."

Quebedeaux faces three counts of vehicular homicide, one count of first degree vehicular injury and five felony counts of hit-and-run. He plans to address the victims at his sentencing hearing Feb. 15. He could spend anywhere between five and 100 years in jail for the crimes.

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