Mosinee man convicted in 2015 fatal crash

MOSINEE, Wis. (WSAW)-- The 21-year-old man accused of causing a crash in 2015 that left a man dead pleaded no contest to amended charges Tuesday in deal with prosecutors.

Brandon Kohel was initially charged first degree reckless homicide and two counts of first degree reckless injury. Kohel pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. In exchange for the plea, two other charges were dismissed but will be considered during his upcoming sentencing hearing.

Investigators said Michael Sybeldon was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway KK near Mosinee on Aug. 11, 2015. The crash was reported around 1:55 p.m. just past Half Moon Lake Road.

According to court documents, based on witness statements, Kohel attempted to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone. Investigators said Kohel was traveling at 63 mph heading into a curve.

Investigators report Kohel swerved to avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle. Sybeldon also swerved when he saw Kohel's vehicle. Both vehicles collided on the shoulder.

One of Kohel's passengers was seriously injured and had to have pins placed in broken bones along with mesh in her back due to it being broken.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.