Prineville man pleads guilty in fatal drugged-driving crash

Madras man killed in 2016 crash west of Redmond

Prineville man pleads guilty in fatal

A 20-year-old Prineville man pleaded guilty Thursday to criminally negligent homicide and DUII in a March 2016 head-on drugged-driving crash on Highway 126 west of Redmond that claimed the life of a Madras man.

Justice Knight Collins was 18 and under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Kari Hathorn said.

During the brief hearing, Circuit Judge Wells Ashby set sentencing for Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. 

Hathorn said prosecutors will recommend a 34- to 36-month prison term, though she noted the judge does not have to follow that recommendation.

Oregon State Police said a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Collins was heading east on Highway 126 on the evening of March 31, 2016 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a 2003 Chrysler van driven by Jason Franklin, 41, of Madras.

Franklin died at the crash scene. Collins was taken to St. Charles Bend for treatment of his injuries.

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson said one car was able to avoid the oncoming SUV, but the minivan behind it could not.

Collins was indicted in February of this year on charges including second-degree manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty in May, and a five-day trial had been scheduled to begin Dec. 5.

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