Hampton man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide charges in Hardin County.

The man charged in an August,2020 accident that killed three Story County  residents and injured another filed a written guilty plea in Hardin County District Court last Friday. 27 year old Spencer Bultman of Hampton has pleaded guilty to three counts of homicide by vehicle and one count of serious injury by vehicle. A hearing to accept Bultman’s plea and deliver his sentence is set for January 18,2022 in the Hardin County Courthouse in Eldora. The prosecutors and Bultman’s attorneys reached a plea agreement recommending that Bultman serve 30 years in prison, according to his petition to plead guilty . Under the recommendation, Bultman would be sentenced to concurrent 25 year prison terms for the three homicide counts,along with a consecutive five year term for the serious injury charge. Bultman is also ordered to pay victim pecuinary damages as well as $150,000 each in restitution for the four victims.  In his plea, Bultman admitted to unintentionally causing death and injury by driving under the influence of alcohol. The accident happened August 23,2020 when Bultman was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 20 near Alden when he struck a Chevrolet Equinox. Killed in the crash were 44 year old Cristy Gutirres,38 year old  Mario Zubia  and  10 year old Jesse Gutierres. Injured in the accident was Gutierres’ six year old daughter.