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Drake’s bill advances

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House unanimously backed a bill Wednesday to increase punishment for drunken drivers charged with a vehicular homicide that occurs within 10 years of another drunken driving offense.The crime would be increased to 15 yea...

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House unanimously backed a bill Wednesday to increase punishment for drunken drivers charged with a vehicular homicide that occurs within 10 years of another drunken driving offense.
The crime would be increased to 15 years in prison from the current 10 years.
The bill is named after Drake Bigler, who at 5 months of age died in a traffic accident when his family was headed to a Starbuck cabin in 2012. His mother, Heather, escaped serious injury, but his father, Brad, suffered major injuries, as did family member Sharon Schutler.
Brad Bilger is Southwest Minnesota State University basketball coach in Marshall.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the Bilger van, Dana Schoen, was found to have four times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, his third drunken driving offense, and eventually was sentenced to four years in prison.
Drake’s bill was introduced in 2014, but not passed then or last year.
“People make mistakes, but when it happens a second and a third time, it’s a choice,” Heather Bigler told lawmakers last year.

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