WAUPACA COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Marion man who prosecutors say drove drunk and killed a man, then left the scene, was sentenced to 5 years in prison Thursday.
Allen Guse pleaded no contest to charges in Waupaca County court Thursday afternoon and was found guilty by the judge, who sentenced him to 10 years in state custody — five years behind bars and five years of extended supervision.
Guse was charged in March, 2015, with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Prosecutors say Guse was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 — more than two times the legal limit — when his car hit Matthew Egerer’s van head-on as Egerer was driving to work.
The courtroom was filled with a lot of tears at Guse’s sentencing.
“They lost their dad. They will never be able to get him back. They’re missing out on all of those memories now,” Elizabeth Egerer told the court.
The victim’s wife shared just one of the stories about what could have been Egerer’s life.
“You never think this day is going to happen. I would have never dreamt in a million years,” Egerer’s mother, Kim Egerer, said.
The five-year prison sentence was handed down after Guse reached a plea deal. It was more than the two years the defense wanted. The defense argued Guse loves farming, is a hard worker, and is sorry for his actions.
“I thought it was going to be the two years, and when (the judge) came with ten I was just so relieved,” Kim Egerer said.
“Essentially it’s more than just a slap on the wrist than some of the other cases in Waupaca County have been,” Elizabeth Egerer said.
The judge said she sentenced Guse taking into account he had no criminal record but made the decision to drink and drive, and she needs to think about the public’s safety.
“The consequences of your poor decision-making were that someone lost their life, and there really couldn’t be any more grave an outcome of a criminal case,” Judge Vicki Clussman said.
“Of course it’s never going to be enough,” Kim Egerer reacted after the sentencing.
“I am glad that it gets him off the streets that much longer so that he can’t do that to somebody else’s life,” Elizabeth Egerer said.
Guse posted $50,000 bond in 2015 but was back in jail last summer when prosecutors say he violated conditions of his bail by failing to remain sober.
We spoke with Guse’s friends after court. They didn’t want to go on camera but told us they support him.