Charges filed in death of man burned in vehicle
Steele County prosecutors have charged a man in the death of another man who burned in a vehicle outside of Owatonna in October.
Peter Anthony Escobar, 24, of Albert Lea faces three counts, including two felonies for the death of Herman Hernandez, 64, also of Albert Lea. The felonies include second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide.
Escobar is accused of causing the death of a human being as a result of operating a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol.
The charges stem from an incident Oct. 23 in the 2600 block of 52nd Avenue Northwest when a vehicle was burning in the middle of a soybean field by a drainage ditch. When authorities arrived, they found a car engulfed in flames. After the blaze was extinguished, officials discovered a burned body inside the car.
In the criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Steele County, Escobar admitted to drinking at the Nasty Habit Bar in Albert Lea where he was watching the Vikings game. He told investigators there were free shots for every time the Vikings scored a touchdown.
Escobar is not in custody and has been ordered to appear in court Dec. 29 at 8:30 a.m.
He faces 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.