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Stayed sentence for Michigan man charged with criminal vehicular homicide

A Michigan man was given 10 years probation for his role in a two-vehicle crash on Crow Wing County Roads 3 and 11 that claimed the life of Myrne Holmen.

A Michigan man was given 10 years probation for his role in a two-vehicle crash on Crow Wing County Roads 3 and 11 that claimed the life of Myrne Holmen.

Michael Adam Ermel, 44, Battle Creek, Mich., was sentenced Dec. 18, 2014, in Crow Wing District Court by Judge Kristine DeMay to 57 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, with sentence stayed for 10 years for felony criminal vehicular homicide operation-operating a motor vehicle in grossly negligent manner. Ermel will be on probation but could serve a 57 month prison sentence if he violates conditions of his probation.

Probation conditions include cognitive skill training as recommended, no alcohol/controlled substance or drug paraphernalia use or possession, cannot enter bars or liquor establishments, no use or possession of firearms or dangerous weapons and no driving without insurance.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Ermel:

• At 12:30 p.m. April 24, 2013, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office received a report of a personal injury crash at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 11. County Road 11 is controlled by stop signs.

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• Upon arrival, law enforcement observed a van, driven by Holmen, on the east side of the intersection with a semitractor, driven by Ermel, to the east of the van. The semi was jack-knifed with the tractor facing northwest and the trailer facing east. The van had struck the semi in the drive wheel axles.

• Witnesses to the crash informed officers the van was southbound on County Road 3 and the semi was eastbound on County Road 11. Witnesses observed the semi go into the intersection, without stopping, at road speed.

• Holmen was treated by North Memorial Ambulance. She said the semi came out of nowhere and did not stop for the stop sign. She complained her chest hurt and she was having troubles breathing. She was transferred to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center and then to St. Cloud hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries sustained in the crash.

• Law enforcement spoke with Ermel at the scene. Ermel had bloodshot eyes that were not all the way open and he appeared tired. Ermel estimated he was going 30 mph when entering the intersection and claimed his brakes failed and that was why he didn't stop. Ermel later admitted he had not seen the stop sign until it was too late to stop. He had started driving at 3 a.m. and was kind of tired and he had not eaten. He was going 50 mph when he saw the stop sign. He said he had not taken his foot off the gas pedal causing the engine brakes not to engage as he came down the hill. Ermel further admitted his brakes did not fail. The brakes had not activated because he did not press the brake pedal appropriately.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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