Man sentenced to 21 years for fatal drunk driving crash


Staff Writer

MARINETTE, Wis. – A Wausaukee, Wis. man who killed an Ishpeming teen in an October drunk driving accident in Marinette County has been sentenced.

Timothy Christ, 29, was ordered to serve a total of 21 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision.

He was sentenced Monday in Marinette County Court on one felony count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and three felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing injury.

Judge David G. Miron ordered that Christ spend 18 years of initial confinement and 12 years of extended supervision for the homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle charge. The other three charges each carried penalties of one year of initial confinement and one year of extended supervision.

The sentences must be served consecutively.

Christ faced a maximum penalty of 58 years in prison.

The charges stem from an Oct. 5 incident in Middle Inlet, Wis.

According to Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve, a GMC pickup truck operated by Christ pulled onto U.S. 141 and was traveling north when it struck a southbound Chevrolet Impala.

One of the passengers in the Impala, 13-year-old Christopher Croley of Ishpeming, was killed. The other three occupants of the Impala, Croley’s mother and sisters, were injured.

Christ was not injured.

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