Driver In Fatal Crash Sentenced To Prison

Driver In Fatal Crash Sentenced To Prison

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A 23 year old Watertown man is going to prison in connection with an alcohol-related crash that killed his passenger.

Mathew Schweinsberg was sentenced Friday in Lewis County Court to 2 to 6 years in state prison. 

He pleaded guilty in April to one count of vehicular manslaughter

Schweinsberg was behind the wheel of a pickup truck last November 12 on Soft Maple Road in the town of New Bremen when the truck went off the road and smashed into a tree.

A passenger, 21 year old Andrew Freeman, killed. Another female passenger was injured.

Schweinsberg was initially charged with driving while intoxicated, along with vehicular manslaughter.

In court, it was said Schweinsberg's blood alcohol level was .12 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

When he's released from prison, Schweinsberg will be on a conditional discharge for three years. During that time, he will be required to use an ignition interlock, a device which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking alcohol. 

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