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Driver pleads guilty in death of ESU official

September 20, 2006

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— A man has pleaded guilty to two charges in the hit-and-run death of Emporia State University controller John Blaufuss.

In a plea bargain announced Monday, Eric Hendrickson pleaded guilty to involuntary reckless manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

As part of the agreement, Hendrickson will not face prison time on the manslaughter charge.

Blaufuss' family approved the plea deal, said Lyon County Atty. Marc Goodman.

Blaufuss died from a skull fracture Dec. 22 after he was hit by a vehicle while he was jogging.

The driving under the influence charge is Hendrickson's second offense and could bring up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,500. Hendrickson now lives in Bushkill, Pa., but grew up in Olpe, which was also Blaufuss' home.

Hendrickson is out of jail on $25,000 bond. He will be sentenced Nov. 8.

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