- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) - A 40-year-old woman accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a teen in Waupaca County has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Heather Schmidt of New London was also sentenced Wednesday to 10 years of probation for the 2012 crash that killed 18-year-old Dylan Thorne. She had pleaded no contest in August to a count of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

A criminal complaint says an SUV driven by Schmidt crossed the centerline and hit Thorne’s vehicle head-on in the town of St. Lawrence. The complaint says a blood sample taken from Schmidt after the crash showed her blood alcohol content was 0.174 percent.

The last five weeks of Schmidt’s sentence will be served on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thorne’s birthday and the crash’s anniversary for the next several years.


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