An emotional Chandler Kania and his defense team surprised a sparse crowd at the Orange County Courthouse Monday morning by entering a guilty plea.
After meeting with his team behind closed doors for almost two hours, Kania pleaded guilty to three counts of felony death by vehicle, one count each of driving while under the influence, driving with an open container, driving after consumption alcohol under the age of 21, purchasing alcohol under the age of 21, consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and driving the wrong way on a two-lane highway.
Kania pleaded not guilty to three counts of second degree murder and one count of reckless driving.
Authorities say Kania was driving drunk on the wrong side of I-85 in July 2015 when his car crashed into another car with four passengers. Three were killed and the fourth was injured.