Montana man pleads guilty to driving drunk, killing girl

Montana man pleads guilty to driving drunk, killing girl

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KALISPELL — A northwestern Montana man has pleaded guilty to driving drunk and crashing into a house in Evergreen, killing a 15-year-old girl as she slept in her bed.

Jared Allen Parsons, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday to negligent vehicular homicide while under the influence for the April 2019 death of Erin Howk.

Under questioning from his attorney Liam Gallagher, Parsons said he drank alcohol and a residence and a sports bar on April 26 before crashing into the house. He was driving with a suspended license, authorities said.

Howk's father told responding officers that he pulled Parsons out of his vehicle and Parsons took off running. The father held Howk on the ground until officers arrived, the Flathead Beacon reported.

Flathead County Attorney Travis Ahner said he would recommend a 20-year prison term with 13 years suspended when Parsons is sentenced on March 5, the Daily Inter Lake reported.

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