Connolly Requests Bond Reduction for Fatal Crash

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A Dubuque County man is seeking to have his bond reduced as he faces vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of four teenagers.

Joseph Connolly, 24, of Holy Cross, appeared in Dubuque District Court on Monday for a bond review. He has been at the county jail since turning himself in earlier this month.

Connolly’s attorney, Mark Roeder, said his client’s bond should be reduced from $500,000 cash-only to $50,000, with a requirement to pay 10 percent to get out of jail. Roeder said his client is neither a flight risk nor a continued danger to the community.

A county prosecutor argued against it, saying Connolly has a history of charges related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The prosecutor also said Connolly is a flight risk given the severity of his charges.

Connolly faces four counts of vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated. He also is charged with four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, one count of serious injury by operating while intoxicated, one count of serious injury by reckless driving and failure to stop for a stop sign.

Authorities say Connolly was driving a pickup truck hauling a horse trailer in early August when he didn’t stop at a stop sign on a country road south of Epworth. His vehicle crashed into a utility vehicle carrying Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer and Bryce Wilwert. They boys, all 14 years old, were killed.

Judge Todd Geer plans to decide on the bond reduction request in a few days.