Man sentenced in crash that killed Minnesota coach's infant son


The man accused of drunken driving in a crash that killed the infant son of Southwest Minnesota State University basketball coach Brad Bigler was sentenced Friday to four years in prison, The Associated Press reports.

Dana Schoen, 38, was sentenced in Pope County after pleading guilty in December to three counts of criminal vehicular operation.

Schoen admitting to having a blood alcohol content reading of .351 -- four times over the state's legal limit -- in a July crash that killed Bigler's 5-month-old son, Drake.

Brad Bigler was critically injured in the crash. Bigler's wife, Heather -- who was driving the family's SUV -- and Heather’s grandmother, Sharon Schuler, were also injured.

All have since recovered. Schoen was not injured in the crash.

The Marshall Independent reported the Biglers' reaction to the sentencing, which was mixed.

"There are no winners" in this," Brad Bigler said, while Heather Bigler added the sentence was "sparse" and that it didn't "seem like the punishment fit the crime."

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