Watkins Accepts Plea Deal

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Former Congressman Wes Watkins will not
be going to jail after pleading no contest today to two misdemeanor
negligent homicide charges.

Watkins was sentenced to three-months on both counts, but the
sentences were deferred sentences and he will not go to jail if he
commits no other crime during that time.

Watkins was charged for the deaths of Brian and Ardith Cullen of
Stillwater in an April 19th traffic accident.

Police say the Cullen's were waiting to make a left-hand turn on
State Highway 177 at Stillwater when their car was hit in the rear
by a minivan driven by Watkins. The Cullens' car was then pushed
into the path of a tractor-trailer and another car.

Watkins earlier agreed to pay two (m) million dollars to settle claims with the Cullen's 3 , 4 and 9-year-old daughters. The 3 and 4-year-olds were injured in the crash that killed their parents.


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