Father speaks at sentencing for triple fatal crash: 'I wish you the worst'

Drunk Driving Charges
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SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The sentencing for the driver responsible for a crash that killed three teenagers is underway.

The case against Ryan Swadner is being resolved three years after the crash in Shawano County, Wisconsin.

Swadner, who was 17 at the time of the crash at 2014, was under the influence of drugs when he lost control and collided with an SUV on Highway 22 in Belle Plaine.

That resulted in killing three people in his car: 17-year-old Cody Borsche, 18-year-old Tyler Welch and 15-year-old Paige Brunette.

Swadner's attorney, Nila Robinson, filed an adjournment five days ago in order to get a psychological evaluation on his client. Shawano District Attorney's Office said, "this case has been pending for some time. We have all the victims' families here and this s not the first delay that's happened in this case."

Judge William Kussel Jr. said there's no constitutional right for Swadner to get this type of testing and will not grant the motion, "because it's not a critical piece of the sentencing."

Brunette's father, Matt Brunette, spoke at the sentencing saying, "You might as well have taken three kids outta the car and shot them in the head. You didn't murder three kids, you murdered three families."

Tiffany Allord, the older sister of Tyler Welch, recalled the entire night of her brother's death.

The lead investigative detective, Christopher Gramm took the stand. He talked about going through 20,000 text message in this case, regarding Swadner selling drugs.

Gramm talked about the night of the crash. He said the four of them were headed to the Shell station to complete a drug transaction. Swadner was driving Welch around in exchange for a gram of weed.

Welch's backpack had the drugs, a digital scale and some cash in it. A witness told investigators that they believe seeing Swadner driving his Mustang convertible about 75-80 mph.

Wanda Borsche, who lost her son, Cody, to the crash, talked about her son's future with the National Guard and how he was an active member of 4H.

In October, he pleaded no contest to three counts of homicide while driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and one count of injury while under the influence.

Drug charges were dismissed, but the judge can consider them when he decides the sentence.

Court records show prosecutors want eight years in prison for the homicide chargers.
































 
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