Lincoln County Woman Sentenced for Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle

Nov 5 2014
Lincoln County Woman Sentenced for Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle
 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on November 4, 2014, Merrill resident Ashley Baumann, 26, was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment for causing the deaths of two people, and causing great bodily harm to another, by the intoxicated use of a vehicle.  The bifurcated sentence consists of seven years of initial confinement and five years of extended supervision.  On May 14, 2014, a jury found Baumann guilty of the charges.   Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Jay Tlusty presided over the trial and sentencing.  

 

The charges in this matter stemmed from a crash that occurred in the City of Merrill on June 7, 2012, that left two people dead, and another person 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 percent.  Experts from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab testified at trial that the defendant’s blood alcohol concentration would have been between 0.212- 0.294 percent at the time of the crash, more than three times the legal limit in Wisconsin.

 

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.