Teen pleads guilty in double fatal Black Forest crash last summer

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Double fatal car crash on Sept. 1, 2014 at Hodgen Road and Roller Coaster Road in Black Forest.. (Credit: Colorado State Patrol)

Double fatal car crash on Sept. 1, 2014 at Hodgen Road and Roller Coaster Road in Black Forest.. (Credit: Colorado State Patrol)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  A teen charged after a double fatal Black Forest car crash last summer, accepted a plea deal on Friday.

Marshal Gregory, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide-DUI on Friday morning.

Gregory was charged for a car wreck involving  four of his friends on Sept. 1, 2014 at Hodgen Road and Roller Coaster Road in Black Forest.

At that intersection, Gregory ran a stop sign, the car went airborne, he lost control, spun off the road, crossed a ditch and slammed into a tree.

Two teenagers from Monument, Beau Begier and Ryan Pappas, were killed in the crash. Another teen, Jack Mitchell Clark was seriously injured.

All four teens were suspected of drinking alcohol prior to the crash, according to a Colorado State Patrol traffic report.

Gregory was 17 years old at the time of the incident, but was ordered to be tried as an adult.

If Gregory is accepted into the youth offender system as part of his plea deal, he faces 4-6 years in the youth system.

If he completes the program, KRDO reported, then his suspended sentence will be removed.  However, if he does not, the suspended sentence will be imposed by the Department of Corrections with an 18-year sentence cap.

His sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 16, 2015 in El Paso County.

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