Waupaca County man sentenced to 5 years in prison for fatal crash

WAUPACA COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Waupaca County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a hit-and-run crash that killed a young man.

Michael Pribbernow, 47, appeared in court April 16 for a sentencing hearing.

Last July, Pribbernow hit and killed Timothy Cruse, 18, on Golke Road in the Town of Farmington. Investigators believe Cruse had been walking on the road when Pribbernow's vehicle hit him. Pribbernow left the scene, but he was arrested about a month later.

Earlier this month, Pribbernow agreed to an Alford Plea on charges of Hit-and-Run Involve Death and 3rd Offense OWI.

A charge of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and Knowingly Operating While Revoked - Cause Death were dismissed but read into the record.

An Alford Plea happens when a defendant does not admit to the crime, but understands that there is evidence in the case that could persuade a judge or jury to find them guilty.

The judge gave Pribbernow a five year prison sentence for the charge of Hit-and-Run Involve Death. Pribbernow also will have to serve five years on extended supervision.

Pribbernow received time served for the 3rd Offense OWI charge.