Distracted teen's sentence for killing N. Mankato couple: Month in jail, public talks
The 19-year-old admitted to police he was putting out a cigarette when he blew through the stop sign — at a speed witnesses put at more than 55 miles per hour — and killed two seniors as they left a county fair in southern Minnesota.
Now Christopher J. Schneider of Lake Crystal, Minn., has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and will have to speak before gatherings 30 times about distracted driving.
Schneider pleaded guilty this past summer to three misdemeanor traffic offenses: careless driving, being an uninsured driver and driving without a valid license. He faced no felony counts in the July 2015 crash on eastbound County Road 9 outside the Blue Earth County Fair in Garden City.