Wis. Drunken Driver Gets 90 Days for Fatality

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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