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  • Wrong-way driver pleads guilty in death of Camdenton woman

  • A Columbia man accused of killing a young Camdenton woman in a violent car accident has pleaded guilty.
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  • A Columbia man accused of killing a young Camdenton woman in a violent car accident has pleaded guilty.
    Dennis Leporin is charged with second degree murder for the death of Chelsea Fredrickson in March 2013. Fredrickson was 19 at the time of her death.
    Leporin was charged with second degree murder, second degree assault, driving while intoxicated persistent offender charge, driving while revoked and driving in the wrong direction on a highway.
    Authorities say Leporin was driving his truck the wrong way on Highway 54 in Cole County on March 6 when he struck a Saturn Ion driven by Fredrickson.
    A passenger in Fredrickson's car, Jasper Richmond, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.
    Originally, Leporin waived a formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Leporin was charged as a persistent offender on the DWI. According to court records, Leporin had a prior DWI conviction in 2011 in Camden County. Leporin has a history of other traffic related charges in other counties. Leporin's guilty plea was entered before Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green. His sentencing has been set for Aug. 13. Prior to sentencing he will undergo a pre-sentence investigation.
    A wrongful death civil suit was also been filed against Leporin. The civil suit, filed by Gerald Fredrickson, also names Bootlegger's restaurant in Osage Beach as a defendant.
     
     

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