Brandon Iams kills three in crash and gets six weekends in jail

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Shirley Iverson, 71, her daughter, Debra Buhmann, 34, and her granddaughter, Alexis Iverson-Ferkul, 8, are all dead because of a teenage driver named Brandon Iams.

The charge against him? Misdemeanor careless driving.

The punishment? Six weekends in juvie, 100 hours of community service and a confiscated license that he'll get back when he turns 19.

Hey, Daniel Guerrero, that's some pretty fine defense lawyering there, buddy.

Iams pleaded guilty to the charge on Thursday in Dakota County Juvenile Court, a month after a grand jury turned back the county prosecutor's effort to charge Iams as an adult with felony criminal vehicular homicide.

The hitch for County Attorney James Backstrom: The grand jury could find no evidence of gross negligence on Iams' part. There was no evidence the kid was speeding, driving drunk, using drugs, texting or yakking on the phone when he slammed his Chevy Silverado into the front of Buhmann's Hyundai Elantra on Highway 50 in Lakeville last December.

Iams awoke later in the hospital with no recollection of the accident. Seventeen years old at the tiome of the wreck, he'd had his provisional license a grand total of five weeks when he snuffed out the lives of Iverson, Buhmann and Iverson-Ferkul.

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