Driver in Kristina Chesterman death changes plea

Aug 20, 2014 6:25 PM by News Staff

The driver in the hit-and-run death of 21-year-old Chico State student Kristina Chesterman has pleaded no contest to felony Driving Under the Influence.

According to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, 20-year-old Riley Hoover has pleaded no contest to felony DUI with injury, felony hit-and-run and also admitted to the special allegation he inflicted great bodily injury.

Hoover was also charged with money laundering, transporting marijuana for sale and manufacturing concentrated cannabis, but as part of the plea agreement those charges have been dropped.

Hoover was in court today for a trial readiness conference and his trial was scheduled to begin next Monday.

He will be sentenced September 5, but Ramsey said the plea areement features a guranteed 7-year prison sentence. Ramsey also added that Chesterman's family was consulted and found the deal fair.

On September 22, 2013 Hoover struck Chesterman with his SUV while she was bicycling home from the Chico State Library on Nord Avenue.


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