LEMONT – Joseph Hayes of Lemont will appear for a jury trial on the felony charge of homicide by operation of a vehicle while intoxicated at 8:30 a.m. April 22 in Marinette County, Wis., according to Wisconsin case records.
Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey said Hayes pleaded not guilty to the charge, as well as to a felony charge of causing death by operation of a vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentration and to misdemeanors of causing injury by operation while intoxicated and causing injury by operation with prohibited alcohol concentration.
If convicted on all charges, Hayes could face 16 years in prison.
Hayes' attorney Royce Finne said the not guilty plea is a procedural matter and that he could still work out a deal with the prosecution at the April 3 pre-trial conference.
According to a Marinette County Sheriff's Department report, Hayes was involved in a fatal traffic collision Sept. 27 in Pound, Wis.
The report said Hayes hit two vehicles while driving in the wrong lane of a highway and the driver of one vehicle suffered fatal injuries.
The report said police determined Hayes' driving condition to be impaired and alcohol was present.
Bray said results from a Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory test showed Hayes had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.23.