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Fremont Man Sentenced for Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Boat


MADISON — Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Todd M. Frisbie of Fremont, Wisconsin, was sentenced today in Winnebago County Circuit Court to ten years probation with one year in the county jail as a condition of probation, a one thousand dollar fine and 75 hours per year of community service after Frisbie's conviction for Homicide By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle.


The case arose from Frisbie's involvement in the death of Alan Richards, of Holland, MI, in a boat crash on Lake Buttes des Morts in Winnebago County on June 6, 2005. Mr. Richards was killed when Frisbie drove his boat at a high rate of speed into the shoreline of Lake Buttes des Morts at about 11:30 p.m. Mr. Richards, Frisbie, and a third man all were ejected from the boat. Frisbie's blood alcohol concentration was measured at .156 g/ml of blood, almost double the legal limit of .08.

On October 7, 2011, following a seven day trial, Frisbie was found guilty by a jury of Homicide By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle, Homicide By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle With a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, and Homicide By Negligent Operation of a Vehicle. Wisconsin law, however, permits sentencing on only one of the charges for which Frisbie was convicted by the jury. Following the conviction, Judge Thomas J. Gritton ordered the preparation of a Presentence Investigation Report.


The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department investigated the case, with assistance from the Technical Reconstruction Unit of the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. Victim witness services were provided by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services.


The state was represented in this case by Assistant Attorney General Gary A. Freyberg, acting as Special Prosecutor for Winnebago County.