Keshena man sentenced to federal prison for fatal drunk driving crash

Published: Nov. 16, 2018 at 9:33 AM CST
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A Keshena man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for a fatal drunk driving crash.

Saswaen Waukechon, 38, appeared before a federal judge in Green Bay Nov. 8 for sentencing on a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter. He had pleaded guilty to the charge in June.

Prosecutors say Waukechon was drunk when he drove on the ice at Legend Lake and hit a bridge near Brave Island on Jan. 13. The crash killed Waukechon's front seat passenger.

"Analysis of Waukechon’s blood alcohol content showed that it was well over twice the legal limit at the time of driving," reads a statement from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The case was tried in federal court because it happened on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

At sentencing, Chief Judge William C. Griesbach said there was "no excuse for this."

In addition to the prison sentence, Waukechon was ordered to three years on supervised release.