Area man sentenced to 4 years in prison for hit and run killing

Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) -- The man accused of driving drunk and killing a man who was plowing snow will serve four years in prison.

Gregory Price, 66, pleaded guilty to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle; two other charges were dismissed in Eau Claire county court.

Price was sentenced today to four years in prison and ten years of extended supervision.

He was found guilty of killing Joseph Miller, 74, in February.

It was a somber scene at the Eau Claire county courthouse Price pleaded and was found guilty of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Judge William Gabler says no amount of prison time, whether it’s the maximum 25 years or the 4 years Price is sentenced will make up for the Miller’s loss.

Judge Gabler says, “No time in prison, imposed on Mr. Price could make any member of the Miller family any less sad or any less feeling a sense of loss. “

Two of Miller's daughters spoke before the sentencing, sharing memories of their father and their feelings of loss.

Miller's youngest daughter, Jane Munkwitz, says her father will now miss out on events he otherwise would have enjoyed.

"He had many years ahead of him and he expected to be doing many more things, especially, spending time with his three great grandsons. He no longer has the opportunity to grow old and enjoy his life, and I don't think Gregory Price should either," says Munkwitz.

Price also made a statement before his sentencing. He says, if he could change any day of his life, the day he hit Miller on February 17th, 2014 would be it.

"I hope that someday peace can be found by the Miller family after this great loss. I take total responsibility for this accident and will accept the punishments of this court," says Price.

Price has three prior convictions for drunk driving.

Today's sentence came as part of a joint recommendation from attorneys on both sides.