Minnesota Snowmobiler that Killed 8 Year-Old Boy Sentenced to 12 Years
JT Thaden | Feb 8, 2019 AT 4:15 pm
CENTER CITY, Minn. - A snowmobiler has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for crashing into an 8-year-old boy on Chisago Lake and killing him.
Forty-six-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, was sentenced for driving the snowmobile that fatally struck second-grader Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. in January 2018. The boy's father, Alan Geisenkoetter Sr., was injured. The family was going ice-fishing when the boy was struck.
The court heard from nearly a dozen members of the boy's family. Alan Jr.'s mother, Ellie Geisenkoetter, said the crash "has caused a pain that can't be described in words."
A jury in December convicted Coleman of third-degree murder, drunken driving, criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation.
Coleman apologized in court to the Geisenkoetter family. Defense attorneys had sought a five-year sentence.