MN man sentenced for crash that killed SMSU coach's son
A Minnesota man has been sentenced for a drunken driving crash that killed the infant son of Southwest Minnesota State University head men's basketball coach Brad Bigler.
The Marshall Independent reports, Dana Schoen, 38, was sentenced 48 months for criminal vehicular homicide.
On the two other counts of criminal vehicular operation, Schoen received stayed execution of sentence for 13 and 15 months, the newspaper reported. He was also sentenced three years probation with conditions, including treatment and aftercare program completion, abstain from drugs and alcohol and be subject to random testing.
The accident happened in July along Highway 29 near Starbuck, MN. Schoen crossed the center line leading to the head-on crash that injured Bigler, his wife and his wife's grandmother. The Bigler's 5-month-old son Drake died in the crash.
Schoen, whose blood-alcohol content was four times Minnesota's legal limit, was uninjured.
The Marshall Independent reports, during the sentencing Schoen apologized to the family.
"I thought about what to say today 100 times, but I'm not sure what to say that wouldn't make matters worse," Schoen said. "I want to apologize to the Bigler family…I'm ashamed of my actions."
"There are no winners in this," Brad Bigler told the Marshall Independent.
"It seems sparse; it doesn't seem like the punishment fit the crime," Heather Bigler said to the newspaper.
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