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Lincoln County Jury Convicts Ashley Baumann of Vehicular Homicide

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on May 13, 2014, after a six-day trial, a Lincoln County jury convicted Ashley Baumann, of Merrill, of two counts of Homicide by Operation of a Vehicle While Under the Influence, two counts of  Homicide While Operating a Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, one count of Causing Injury by Operation of a Vehicle While Under the Influence, one count of Causing Injury While Operating a Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, and one count of Reckless Driving Causing Great Bodily Harm. The case was heard before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Jay Tlusty.

 

The charges in this matter stemmed from a crash that occurred in the City of Merrill on June 7, 2012, that left two dead and one seriously injured.  According to the criminal complaint, Baumann was driving her car at speeds of more than 90 miles per hour when she lost control of the car and went off the road.  The car rolled several times, ejecting three of four occupants.  A blood draw taken more than five hours after the crash revealed the defendant had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.157%.

 

Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and Homicide While Operating a Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration are both Class D Felonies, carrying a term of imprisonment not to exceed 25 years for each count.   Causing Injury While Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence, and Causing Injury by Operation of a Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, are both Class F Felonies, carrying a term of imprisonment not to exceed 12 years for each count.  Reckless Driving Causing Great Bodily Harm is a Class I felony and carries a term of imprisonment not to exceed 3½ years. 

 

Judge Tlusty has ordered a presentence investigation and the matter will be set for sentencing.  Assistant Attorney General Tara Jenswold led the prosecution of the case, assisting Lincoln County District Attorney Donald Dunphy.

 

The case was investigated by the Merrill Police Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol’s Technical Reconstruction Unit.  The Lincoln County District Attorney Victim Witness Coordinator provided assistance in the case.