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Trial set for teen accused in fatal DUI crash

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 19 2014 08:14:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 08:36:47 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

The teenager accused of hitting and killing a Chico State nursing student while drunk behind the wheel has learned when his trial will take place.

We also learned two new felony charges have been filed against 19-year-old Riley Hoover.

The Butte County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday morning Hoover has been charged with two felony counts of money laundering.

The DA said they charged Hoover two months ago, and it's linked to his alleged involvement in shipping marijuana out of Butte County to his home state of Ohio.

Investigators said that's why Hoover moved to Butte County last summer.

Hoover was also in court for the setting of his trial for allegedly hitting and killing Kristina Chesterman while he had a .30 blood alcohol level behind the wheel of an SUV in September of 2013.

Investigators said Hoover was shipping packages of concentrated marijuana back to his home state - and his colleagues were caught on camera depositing money in a few accounts at different banks for Hoover.

"Should those be both sentenced consecutively then we would be looking at 8 months on each of those charges,” said Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

That’s in addition to 13 years in prison he could face in the Chesterman case.

Ramsey said they are still working to see if they can join the two money laundering charges to Hoover’s trial that has been set for August 25th. Ramsey also said they are investigating to see if there's a third charge that needs to be added.

Ramsey also announced an investigation has been launched to find Hoover’s accomplices in Ohio.