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Berlin man sentenced for causing fatal drunken crash

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BERLIN, WI (WTAQ) - A 20-year-old Berlin man will spend 10 years in prison for causing a drunken hit-and-run crash that killed a teenager and injured two other people.

Max Winkel was also ordered to spend 5 years under extended supervision when he gets out, plus five more years on probation.

Waushara County authorities said Winkel’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he left a drinking party at 4:15 a.m. in September of 2011.

Officials said Winkel slammed into a car on Highway 21, and then drove away. 17-year-old Devin Klein died at the scene of that crash, and two others were sent to a hospital with injuries.

A few minutes later, officials said Winkel was involved in another crash in which a vehicle hit several trees and a large rock. Winkel and another teen were treated for injuries from that crash.

Winkel was charged with 9 felony counts, and he was convicted on six of them – including hit-and-run and drunk driving, both causing death and injuries. He was also ordered to pay almost $2,000 in restitution. 

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