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MADISON, Wis. -The former Lutheran bishop charged in a deadly hit-and-run drunken-driving crash was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 5 years of extended supervision in Dane County Court on Thursday.
Bruce Burnside, 60, pleaded guilty to two of the charges against him in May, including felony second-degree reckless homicide. He was originally charged with four felonies, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Prosecutors said Burnside hit and killed Maureen Mengelt from Sun Prairie while she was out for an afternoon jog in April 2012. Prosecutors asked for an eight-year prison sentence for Burnside.
Burnside spoke at sentencing taking responsibility for the crash.
"I am responsible for what happened. No one else," he said. "I have never been so sorry. Sorry is such an insufficient word for this kind of guilt."
"I was never trying to flee or run, I only wanted to get out of the way of oncoming traffic, but I also realize your intentions and your actions are not the same thing," he said.
Burnside said inattention, cellphone use, the radio, alcohol, preoccupation with details of a church service and reaching for a misplaced GPS contributed to the crash.
"I do daily return to that everlasting split second," Burnside said. "I will be a prisoner of that. I will be another kind of prisoner in a cell as well."
Maureen Mengelt's husband, Kevin Mengelt, told News 3 he had hoped the case would go to trial after a year of proceedings, or that the plea deal would have been to a charge of homicide by hit-and-run.
During Thursday's sentencing hearing, Mengelt's son, Andrew, broke down on the stand talking about the things his mother wasn't able to be there for, like his graduation.
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