Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatal Oconto County crash

Eric Solomon. Photo: Oconto County Jail

OCONTO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Wyoming man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in causing a fatal crash in Oconto County.

Eric Solomon, 32, appeared before a judge May 13 for a sentencing hearing on a charge of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide.

The crash killed Cory Folts of Oconto Falls.

On Sept. 11, rescue crews were called to a crash on Highway 41 near County Highway D. A pickup truck hit Cory Folts' vehicle head on.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Kelly Crispin. Her passenger, Eric Solomon, ran into a corn field.

An Oconto County deputy spoke with Crispin at the hospital. She said she knew she had killed someone and "was prepared to pay the consequences for it," reads the criminal complaint.

Crispin told the deputy that she and her boyfriend, Solomon, got lost and ended up in Oconto County. They were driving on Highway 41 when they started to fight. Crispin said Solomon punched her in the right temple and grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it. Crispin said that's when their truck hit Folts' vehicle.

A Preliminary Breath Test for Crispin registered a 0.10. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is .08.

Solomon eventually came out of the corn field. He told officials he didn't remember hitting Crispin or grabbing the wheel.

A Preliminary Breath Test for Solomon registered a .095 .

On March 26, Eric Solomon pleaded no contest to a charge of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide. Five other counts--including Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle--were dismissed but read into the record.

Solomon was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision.

Kelly Crispin is set to stand trial on charges of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide. Her three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 4.