24 year old Hanna Schacht of Amherst was sentenced to six years in prison and a similar term on community supervision after she pleaded guilty in a DUI accident that resulted in the death of a man on Sept. 15th, 2013. Schacht appeared ridden with guilt as the prosecutor in the case made his sentencing arguments and as Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur read the sentence. She had pleaded guilty to homicide on July 1st and causing injury while driving under the influence.
Hanna is Going Away but not Long Enough
Schacht could have spent as many as 75 years in prison if convicted on all counts. This includes homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. This is in addition to charges for homicide and causing injury for driving under the influence with a BAC of .15 percent.
51 year old Daniel Wetzel was the victim in the deadly crash in the town of Lanark. According to court records, Schacht was driving at speeds over 70mph when she struck a car driven by Richard Wetzel. The accident took place on the narrow Buelow Road in Lanark. Richard, accompanied by his father Daniel, was turning eastbound out of his driveway when Schacht rear ended his vehicle, causing it to strike a tree. Daniel was killed at the scene of the crash while Richard was seriously injured and was rushed to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah soon after.
Richard’s leg was badly twisted and still continues to pain due to the limited number of pain medications he can take. Schacht’s breathalyzer test indicated a BAC percentage of 0.15, almost twice the legal limit. She admitted to drinking the night before the crash and must have certainly drunk a lot to act so irresponsibly the next morning.
Pay Up! Schacht is a Repeat Criminal
Prosecutors pressed for a 10 year prison sentence with an equal number of years on supervision. Schacht’s DUI attorney argued for a two year sentence with an extended period of supervision. She said that results from a reconstruction of the crash indicated that her client’s reaction times were almost the same as a sober person. She also claimed that the crash was due to speeding and Schacht’s failure to hit the brakes rather than drinking. The accused attempted to show she was remorseful through a poem which was read out to Wetzel’s family by her DUI lawyer. In addition to her prison term, the judge ordered Schacht to pay over $100,000 in restitution.
This incident was not Schacht’s first brush with the law. She was charged with failing to report an accident that caused a death in Woodstock in 2012. Her friend John Kurchina had allegedly stolen 1/8 oz. of marijuana from Joe Woodell, a drug dealer.
Schacht is a Detriment to Society
They both sped off in Schacht’s vehicle with the dealer on the roof of the car after he gave chase. He fell off and died from head injuries. It is alleged that Schacht deliberately gunned the engine, causing Woodell to fall off. In that case, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft of less than $500 even though she wasn’t the one who actually stole the marijuana.