At the conviction, Chippewa District Attorney Wade Newell requested a 90-year prison sentence, while Treu’s lawyers requested a 22-year prison sentence and 63-year extended oversight.
Treu was accused of sniffing from an aerosol canister at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018, and then crashing his pickup truck into Boy Scout Troop 3055 while they were on Highway P in Lake Hallie south of Highway 29 Garbage picked up overpass. The four people killed in the crash were Autumn Helgeson and Jayna S. Kelley, 9, both from Lake Hallie, Haylee J. Hickle, 10, and their mother Sara Jo Schneider, 32, both from Lafayette. Another girl scout, Madalyn Zwiefelhofer, was seriously injured.
Treu left the scene immediately after meeting the five people. Officers followed a trail of fresh fluid from the damaged pickup truck at the scene of the accident 1.8 miles to Treu’s home. The truck parked in the garage had “significant front end damage, with weeds stuck in the front bumper,” the criminal complaint said. However, Faithful was not at home. He answered shortly before 5 p.m.
A test by the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene found no chemicals or drugs in Treu’s blood sample. However, since Treu did not stay at the scene, a blood sample could not be taken immediately. The blood sample was taken after 7 p.m.
One passenger in the vehicle, John Stender, was also charged with harboring / assisting information about criminal offenses and deliberately misusing dangerous substances, which is an offense. Treu claims Stender grabbed the truck’s steering wheel and dodged the vehicle and let the scouts hit. Stender is expected to appear for a preliminary court hearing on Tuesday.
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