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Sussex County man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in fatal DWI motorcycle crash

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in fatal a DWI motorcycle crash, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Ronnie C. Branch, 24, Sussex Borough pled guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on April 12, Koch said.

According to Koch, Branch admitted to driving under the influence of controlled dangerous substances which subsequently led to a motor vehicle accident in which another driver on a motorcycle was killed.

Branch was simultaneously sentenced on the DWI charge to seven months loss of license, twelve hours of Intoxicated Drive Resource Center, and $689 in fines and fees, Koch said.

Branch is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2022 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C., Koch said.

Branch was represented by Laura Sutnick, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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