Wausau male will get 5 years in around-fatal motorcycle crash

By Shereen Siewert | Wausau Pilot & Assessment

A Wausau man will invest five decades in prison just after his sentencing this 7 days on two felony rates linked to a 2021 bike crash that critically injured his passenger.

Benjamin J. Adkins, 46, was convicted in Might of harm by intoxicated use of a auto and fifth-offense operating whilst intoxicated in connection with the crash. He was right away taken into custody next the listening to in Langlade County Circuit Court docket and has been jailed since that day.

Police say Adkins was driving on Hwy. Y at Beattie Highway in the Langlade County city of Ackley at about 8:55 p.m. June 30, 2021 when he skipped a curve and crashed. The two Adkins and his passenger, a Wausau-location female, had been airlifted to Aspirus Wausau Medical center for remedy of significant accidents, in accordance to the incident report. Inattentive driving, pace and alcoholic beverages ended up noted as contributing components in the crash.

Courtroom documents clearly show Adkins was convicted of his fourth drunken driving cost in 2007.

On Monday, July 31, Adkins was sentenced by Langlade County Circuit Judge John Rhode immediately after examining the results of a presentencing investigation from the Wisconsin Division of Corrections.

In accordance to on the net court docket information corrections officers suggested 3 to 4 decades in jail adopted by up to two decades of prolonged supervision, but prosecutors pushed for six many years in jail adopted by 6 years of supervised release. Adkins’ lawyer, Daniel Cveykus, argued for three yrs first confinement followed by a few and a half several years of prolonged supervision, Wisconsin’s edition of parole.

But the judge requested a bifurcated 10-12 months sentence, with five a long time first confinement followed by 5 several years of extended supervision. Adkins will receive 82 times of credit for time served.

No restitution was asked for. But Adkins will also pay out a $3,000 high-quality plus courtroom expenses and faces a life time drivers license revocation. He can use for reinstatement immediately after 10 years.

Wisconsin toughened penalties for some alcohol-associated offenses in 2020, producing a necessary 18-month jail time period for a fifth or sixth offense OWI. Judges no lengthier have sentencing discretion for a minimum term, whilst the greatest sentence is 10 several years. A conviction for felony OWI with personal injury carries a optimum 12 1/2-calendar year jail phrase.

A Schofield person is at the rear of bars following getting convicted on two felony rates linked to an Antigo-area crash that critically injured a passenger in 2021.

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