Martinson Guilty in Death of Two Harbors Author

Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 7:54 am
Ann Marie Martinson

Ann Marie Martinson

Ann Marie Martinson (formerly Ann Marie Brodman) pleaded guilty, Monday, to one count of felony criminal vehicular homicide.  Martinson was driving drunk in Pine County when she collided with another car on August 10th, 2007.   The passenger of the vehicle, Mary Schlangen, a well known author from Two Harbors, died as a result of the accident.

Three other counts of criminal vehicular operation are dropped as part of the plea deal.  Martinson admitted to drinking an unknown amount of wine the night of the crash.  A blood test was taken following the accident and Martinson tested a .12 percent blood alcohol level.  That is .04  percent over the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

Martinson was driving southbound on Pine County Road. 13 and ran a stop sign, colliding with the other vehicle that was traveling westbound on State Highway 23.  Martinson says that she was lost and also did not notice the reduction of speed in the area.  She said she was driving 50 mph in a 30 mph area.  Martinson said the other vehicle rolled over as a result of the collision.

Martinson said in Pine County Court, Monday, that she was “absolutely” under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred.

Judge Edward Bearce asked Martinson to describe the events of the night.  She said, “I drank, I drove, and I committed an accident that took the life of a woman.”

In October, Martinson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 17th at 9 a.m.

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