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Wausau father unhappy with sentencing of drunken driver who killed his daughter

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Wausau father unhappy with sentencing of drunken driver who killed his daughter
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The father of a Wausau area girl said the drunken driver who killed his daughter got away with a "slap on the wrist."

Daniel Schaefer, 24, of Fond du Lac was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision.

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He was also fined $7,000 for driving the wrong way on a four-lane northwest of Oshkosh last January.

His vehicle slammed head-on into another, killing 14-year-old figure skater Lacey Meinel of Weston.

Her mother Jodene, who was driving, still has pain in her arms and wrists.

The family was heading home from a skating competition.

Schaefer's blood alcohol level at the time was 0.2, more than twice the legal limit. He copped a plea deal in August in which pled no contest to homicide by drunken driving, and causing great bodily harm.

Thursday, the girl's family and friends wore green stickers saying "Lacey touched my heart," to try and convince Judge William Carver to order the maximum sentence.

Jodene Meinel urged the judge to "help Lacey change things for the better in Wisconsin and hold Daniel Schaefer responsible for his actions."

Schaefer apologized, but the girl's father Steve said he can't forgive him.

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