FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for a drunken driving accident that killed a girl he was dating in Rice County.

Mitchell Bongers pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 20-year-old Brittney Landsverk.

Bongers was driving April 2, 2010 when the car ended up in the Cannon River north of Faribault.

Bongers and two other passengers escaped, but Landsverk slipped into the river as she was being rescued and drowned. Her body was recovered from the river 87 days later.

The Faribault Daily News reports he was sentenced to 50 months in prison Tuesday. He was also ordered to undergo chemical dependency treatment and counseling services.

Seventeen people gave victim impact statements during the sentencing.

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Comments (7)
  1. Pathetic human or rather animal says:

    You drive drunk, reckless,careless and you kill someone. Let me repeat the latter – YOU kill someone. They gone forever. You get 4 years…likely out way before that. For taking a LIFE
    GD it – there is something wrong, truly sick in this GD state.
    Rot in hell you miserable POS … and the same at the system. ROT

  2. CommonMan says:

    Out in 2.5 years and nothing stops him from doing it again… and again… Our laws are a big joke when it comes to criminal vehicular homicide.

  3. Juswonder says:

    Why do they call it a “drunken driving accident” when it is really a “drunken driving crime”?

  4. cuz they all .... says:

    likely cuz the folks involved all in love with their booze too – they don’t like a criminal label…who knows when they’ll get caught themselves. lol

  5. what ? says:

    You Fricken Have Got To Be Kidding Me

    So if I take out my neighbor…when under the influence…I get 50 months huh.
    I use a gun drunk I get life?
    Funny how life gets valued differently

  6. Randy says:

    Yes, get drunk and use your car to kill someone. 50 months is better than 30 years if you use a gun… and we will all call it an “accident”.

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