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Cresco Man to Serve Prison Time for 2020 Vehicle Crash

A Cresco man arrested two weeks ago on a firearms violation will serve time behind bars for his role in a vehicle crash almost two years ago that injured three passengers.

23-year-old Gannon Willie was facing two Class D felony charges of serious injury by vehicle as the driver of an SUV that collided with a farm implement south of Ridgeway on July 5th, 2020.  One passenger suffered several broken bones and was hospitalized for almost a week; a second passenger had severed ligaments in the left arm requiring surgery; and a third passenger suffered internal bruising, spending one night in the hospital. Willie himself had to be flown by medical helicopter for treatment of injuries.

An investigation of the incident included a toxicology test that confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in Willie’s body.

This week, Willie has pleaded guilty to one count of serious injury by vehicle-OWI and has been sentenced to up to five years in prison, with credit for time served. He must also pay over $1,100 restitution to one of his victims.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office arrested Willie January 13th on a warrant for being in control of a firearm by a subject convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse, a Class D felony. According to court documents, Court records show Willie was arrested in October 2019 on the domestic abuse charge and he’s accused of driving a vehicle without owner’s consent in June of last year.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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