"I'm disgusted with myself:" Woman sentenced for OWI crash that caused man to lose leg
WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A woman convicted in a crash that caused a man to lose his leg asked for forgiveness at her sentencing hearing.
Jennifer Yaeger Beranek admitted to being drunk when she slammed into a garage in Okauchee nearly a year ago. The man inside that garage was pinned and ultimately lost his leg as part of the crash. Yaeger Beranek fought back tears during her sentencing.
"I'm disgusted with myself for what I have taken away from you and what I've caused. You don't deserve this, no one deserves this what I have put you and your family through. I thank you for being so forgiving," Yaeger Beranek said.
The judge gave Yaeger Beranek seven and a half years of probation. Her license is also revoked for two years.
If she doesn't follow the rules that come along with her probation, she could go to jail for nine months.
Yaeger Beranek had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit when she barreled through Larry Hansen's garage in Okauchee last December. Hansen was in his garage working on his car. He was pinned and lost his leg as a result of the accident.
The Hansen family says their lives have been changed forever but they forgive Yaeger Beranek
"We had to forgive her. We're all sinners. When this happened, I was bummed out. I had a couple of bad days but I thought I can't redo it. I can't get the leg back. Am I going to be mad all my life, I said no so I got to look at the bright side and that's pretty much what I think I've done and that's why I try to do," said Larry Hansen who lost his leg in the accident.
The judge took into account that this was Yaeger Beranek's first OWI.
Larry has knee replacement surgery this week which will hopefully help him walk better with his prosthetic leg.