Published: Aug 17, 2010 3:51 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 12:51 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter in a crash that left a St. John's County deputy dead.

Kris E. Caudilla entered his plea Monday. The 27-year-old faces up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing next month. In exchange for the manslaughter plea, prosecutors agreed to not pursue a vehicular homicide charge.

Authorities say Deputy James Louis Anderson Jr. was headed to work in his patrol car in January when Caudilla - who was driving in the wrong direction on a state highway - crashed head-on into the deputy. Anderson died shortly after the crash.

A blood test showed Caudilla to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.158 percent, almost double the legal limit.