Former Hutchinson Man Pleads Guilty to 20-Year-Old Traffic

By: AP
By: AP

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A former Hutchinson man who disappeared 20 years ago before going on trial for a fatal traffic accident has pleaded guilty a month after being arrested re-entering the country.

Miguel R. Rangel Zubia entered the plea yesterday to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of his pregnant wife, Sanjuana Lorena Velazquez. She was killed on New Year's Day in 1988.

Zubia was originally bound over for a June 1988 trial but disappeared before the trial started.

In exchange for the plea, Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder agreed to dismiss the charge of failing to appear. Since the crime took place in 1998, Rangel Zubia will be subject to that year's sentencing laws.

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