Drunk driver sentenced to spend victim’s birthday in jail

Courtesy: WBAY

WAUPACA COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Wisconsin woman who struck and killed an 18-year-old man will spend his birthday in jail, as well as the anniversary of the day she hit him and every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for the next 10 years.

Heather Schmidt, 40, was sentenced on Wednesday for Dylan Thorne’s death three years ago.

Prosecutors said Schmidt’s blood-alcohol level measured twice the legal limit after she hit Thorne’s car, killing the recent Iola-Scandinavia graduate.

She pleaded no contest to homicide while driving under the influence, which could have carried up to 25 years in prison.

The judge said Schmidt needed to suffer punishment, and sentenced her to one year in jail followed by 10 years on probation, followed by the next nine birthdays, anniversaries and Christmases.

After her release from jail, Schmidt will report back to the jail every February 10, which is Thorne’s birthday, and the July 19 crash date.

She won’t be allowed work-release privileges on those dates.

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