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Grafton man to plead guilty in double fatal crash

A Grafton, N.D., man charged in a crash that killed a couple riding a motorcycle is expected to plead guilty March 30 at a hearing in state District Court.

A Grafton, N.D., man charged in a crash that killed a couple riding a motorcycle is expected to plead guilty March 30 at a hearing in state District Court.

John Klava, 37, faces two counts of negligent homicide, a Class C felony with maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Authorities said Klava was heading north on U.S. Highway 81 between Minto, N.D., and Grafton about 6:30 p.m. July 17 when his 2002 Chrysler minivan collided with a 2007 Harley Davidson going the other direction. Prosecutors allege Klava's minivan crossed the center line and hit the motorcycle.

Bryant Watts, 52, was driving the motorcycle; his wife, Cynthia Watts, 46, was his passenger. The St. Thomas, N.D., couple was pronounced dead at the scene. Klava was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, where he was treated and released that night.

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