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

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

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

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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