MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A former Lutheran bishop has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing a Wisconsin jogger while driving drunk.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports 60-year-old Bruce Burnside was sentenced Thursday following a nearly eight-hour hearing.
Burnside pleaded guilty in May to second-degree reckless homicide in the death of 52-year-old Maureen Mengelt of Sun Prairie.
Burnside was driving to an afternoon church event on April 7, 2013, when he lost control of his vehicle on a highway exit ramp in Sun Prairie and hit Mengelt, who was out for a Sunday training run. Prosecutors allege Burnside fled the scene in his vehicle.
Burnside was a bishop in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He stepped down from the position shortly after the crash.