Wis. drunken driver gets 90 days for fatality

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

On Thursday, Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Darling outlined three bills they've written during a public hearing in front of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. One would make third and fourth offense felonies. The second would increase penalties for injuring someone in a drunken driving accident. The third would impose a mandatory 10-year prison sentence on anyone who kills someone while driving drunk.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin state senator is renewing her call for a 10-year minimum sentence in drunken driving cases where someone dies.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling, of River Hills, points to a recent case in which a drunken driver received 90 days in jail, with work release, after pleading no contest to second-degree reckless homicide.

Twenty-four-year-old Christopher Schneider struck and killed bicyclist Eugene Henry Dennis after drinking while watching a Packers game two years ago.

Darling tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that respect for life demands a sentence of more than 90 days in such cases.

Schneider's attorney, Dennis Melowski, of Sheboygan says Schneider had never been in trouble before and the sentence was proper in that situation.

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