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Rory Kuenzi Sentenced to 23 Years Prison on Hit and Run and Drunk Driving Homicide Charges

 

WAUPACA - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today Rory A. Kuenzi of Weyauwega, Wisconsin was sentenced by Judge Phillip M. Kirk on charges of Hit and Run Resulting in Death and operating under the influence homicide charges after a jury trial. The criminal complaint charged Kuenzi with Hit and Run Resulting in Death and Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle in the October23, 2004, death of Kevin McCoy, whose body was found just north of State Highway 54, in the town of Farmington, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

 

At the jury trial, a witness(Adam Klotzbuecher) testified that he observed Kuenzi who was intoxicated leave an under age drinking party driving his S‑10 truck south bound on Butts Road. The witness (Klotzbuecher) testified he heard a thump, saw a shoe come up from Kuenzi's truck and that Kuenzi then stopped and got out of his truck. The witness (Klotzbuecher )testified Kuenzi, with (Klotzbuecher's) the assistance of the witness, carried McCoy's body off the road. Kuenzi then left that location without leaving any information concerning his identity, address, or registration number of his vehicle. Kuenzi did not render any assistance to McCoy. Witnesses at the party indicate Kuenzi was intoxicated when he left the party.

 

Physical evidence left behind at the scene and testimony by reconstruction and visibility experts as well as dna testing confirmed Klotzbuecher's account

 

Kuenzi was sentenced by the Honorable Phillip M. Kirk in Waupaca County Circuit Court after a presentence investigation was completed by the Department of Corrections. On the Hit and Run Resulting in Death charge, Kuenzi was sentenced to 8 years initial confinement in the state prison. On the charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Intoxicants Homicide charge Judge Kirk imposed a sentence of 15 years initial confinement, consecutive to the Hit and Run Charge. When Kuenzi finishes the consecutive terms of initial confinement Judge Kirk ordered that the defendant be supervised in the community by the Department of Corrections for an additional 26 years.

 

Assistant Attorneys General Jeffrey M. Gabrysiak and Dennis R. Krueger represented the state.