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Michael Stoner comforts his girlfriend following the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Stoner has been sentenced for abusing his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter. photo by Stacy Bengs

Spooner man highlighted in I-35 bridge collapse sentenced for injuring child

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A northwest Wisconsin man who portrayed himself as a hero after last year's Minneapolis bridge collapse was sentenced to prison Thursday.

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Michael Stoner, 27, Spooner, made national news after he and his fiancée survived the collapse as they rushed to a Minneapolis hospital to see their 2-year-old daughter.

Their vehicle went down in the wreckage on Interstate-35 and they swam to safety and saw the girl in the hospital.

What Stoner didn't say was that he abused the child so badly she had to be flown to a major hospital and that's why he and the girl's mother were speeding there.

A Washburn County judge sentenced Stoner to seven and one-half years in prison, plus five years of extended supervision.

He had pleaded no contest to reckless injury and obstructing an officer.

Stoner apologized.

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