Man pleads guilty in Valdez hit-and-run that killed a mother of 4
The man accused in the 2018 death of Valdez mother of four Chellsie Hoffman is pleading guilty.
In an Anchorage courtroom on Tuesday, 47-year-old Ero Victor Walli changed his plea to charges of second-degree murder and driving under the influence.
About 2:30 in the morning of April 8, 2018, 31-year-old Hoffman was waiting outside the Boardroom Bar in Valdez when Walli, driving a 2017 green Dodge Ram pickup, struck her and left the area. Her family members say she tried to stop him from driving earlier in the night.
Witnesses described the vehicle to police, who found Walli at his home and arrested him.
After he was taken to jail, Walli had a blood alcohol level of .305, nearly four times over the legal limit for driving.
Hoffman was rushed to Providence Valdez Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Her sister, Tosha Curry, was at the change of plea hearing and says she's glad to avoid a trial and that her sister will not be forgotten.
"She was an amazing person inside and out, amazing mother, sister, wife, daughter, friend," Curry said. "It's hard to think of having to live my life without her, because she has always been there. So I'm happy to finally have some justice and I'm sure everyone who's been following the case is as well."
Curry says the support from Alaska and all over the world has helped their family cope.
Walli faces a sentence of 15-99 years for second-degree murder and 20-365 days for driving under the influence.
His sentencing is scheduled for October 7 in Valdez.
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KTVA's Angela Krenzien contributed to this report.