Ex-bishop gets 10 years in fatal Wisconsin crash

CREATED Jul 31, 2014

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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.