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Gresham man pleads guilty to manslaughter


Defendant was driver in 2012 fatal crash

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Sean BerglundA Gresham man, Sean Berglund, entered a guilty plea to felony manslaughter on Friday, Feb. 21, in Lake County Circuit Court in Lakeview.

Berglund, who originally entered a not guilty plea, will be sentenced at 1 p.m. March 10, according to a court spokeswoman.

Berglund, 23, was indicted by a Lake County grand jury in May 2013 for first-degree felony manslaughter in the Sept. 2, 2012, death of Robert Edward Sanchez Busch, 22, also of Gresham.

An investigation by Oregon State Police found that Berglund was driving a 1997 Ford F150 pickup northbound on Highway 31 about four miles south of Silver Lake when the truck ran off the road into a ditch and rolled several times, landing on its top.

Busch, a passenger in the truck, died at the scene. Berglund was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a Bend hospital.

According to OSP, Berglund at first said another unidentified person was driving the truck, but after several months of investigation and DNA testing, it was determined that Berglund was the driver. He was under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash.

According to Multnomah County jail records, Berglund was arrested in 2011 on eight counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and disorderly conduct in a bar.

He was arrested again in June 2012 for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Lake County Ulys J. Stapleton said the plea agreement guarantees Berglund will be sentenced to a mandatory minumum sentence of 75 months, or six years and three months, in state prison.