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Dave Roepke, Published September 14 2010

Former Fargo attorney pleads guilty to charges connected to drunken driving crash

A former Fargo attorney pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Clay County District Court to charges connected to a drunk-driving crash on June 11 and was sentenced to nine months of jail time.

Robert Light, 46, said in his guilty plea that he did not recall much from the accident, which left one of the victims with a lingering back injury and backed up lake-bound Friday afternoon traffic on Highway 10 for about an hour.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Light was driving north on County Road 14 with his 10-year-old son in his vehicle when he blew a stop sign, colliding with a car heading east on Highway 10.

Light pleaded guilty to a trio of gross misdemeanors – second-degree driving while intoxicated and two counts of criminal vehicular operation. Six charges, including one felony, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

He was given three one-year sentences, with all but 90 days stayed on each, and the sentences are consecutive, meaning he’s facing a 270-day jail term. He has credit for 96 days served.

Read more Wednesday in The Forum.