Max Winkel, of Berlin, 20, exchanges eye contact with his family before taken away by the deputies at the end of a sentencing hearing Thursday at the Waushara County Courthouse in Wautoma. Winkel was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by an additional 10 years of supervision for a drunken driving crash that killed Devlin Klein, 18, and injured two others.
Max Winkel's decisions on a September night in 2011 cost a Poy Sippi teen his life, but his actions after a fatal drunken-driving crash reflected a "horrific, egregious, irresponsible" me-first mentality, a judge said during sentencing Thursday.
Winkel, 20, chose to drink. He chose to get behind the wheel of his pickup truck and drive.
Then Winkel chose to leave the scene of a rear-end collision that left an 18-year-old from Poy Sippi, his friend Devlin Klein, dead in a cornfield and two others in the vehicle seriously injured. He drove off down the road, where he crashed his truck a second ...