Florida truck driver takes plea deal in deadly Interstate 80 crash

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OGALLALA, Neb. (KNOP) - Tony Weekly plead no contest in Keith County District Court Tuesday morning in the deaths of six people on Interstate 80 crash in July 2016. His bond was not revoked. Sentencing is July 20th.

Weekly plead no contest to seven charges, six of them are motor vehicle homicide charges. The seventh is a reckless driving charge.

Keith County Attorney Randy Fair wanted Weekly's bond revoked. Judge Richard Birch said no, and set a sentencing date of July 20th at 8:30 a.m. MT in Ogallala.

Nebraska State Patrol Investigators proved Weekly was distracted by his phone when he hit caused the accident that killed six people, including a family of five from Minnesota.

Tony Weekly's attorney, Gary Krajewsk, wanted it known that weekly was using a Bluetooth device for his phone which is legal in the state of Nebraska.

Randy Fair described the accident scene and the state of the victims on that July day in 2016. That's when Weekly closed his eyes and winced as Fair described the condition of the victims in the accident.

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Tony Weekly will now have a jury trial in March 2018. The judge delayed December's trial against the man accused of killing six people in an Interstate 80 accident near Ogallala in 2016.

The man accused of killing six people in an Interstate 80 accident a year ago near Ogallala did not show up for court Friday.

Tony Weekly's attorney, Gary Krajewski, told the Keith County District Court Judge that Weekly lives a long way away and can't be expected to be there.

The Keith County Attorney, Randy Fair, objected, saying his absence was not approved.

Tony Weekly is scheduled to be in court August 22 for a status hearing. Weekly's attorney guaranteed his client would be there.

The 54-year-old truck driver is from Baker, Florida. Officials say Weekly was a distracted truck driver who rear-ended a minivan at high speed.

The impact killed six people in a multiple vehicle crash on I-80 In Keith County on July 31, 2016.

Five members of a Minnesota family and a man from Denver died in the accident. The family is suing Weekly for damages over the fatal accident.