Former bishop guilty on reckless homicide, OWI charges
Burnside to be jailed until sentencing in connection with Sun Prairie jogger's death
MADISON, Wis. — The former Lutheran bishop charged in a deadly hit-and-run drunken driving crash pleaded guilty to two charges in court Tuesday, including a felony.
Bruce Burnside, 60, was charged with four felonies, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in connection with the death of Maureen Mengelt. Last week, prosecutors said a deal would have Burnside plead guilty to two of the seven charges against him.
On Tuesday morning in Dane County court, Burnside pleaded guilty to felony second-degree reckless homicide and first-offense operating while intoxicated.
Mengelt, 52, of Sun Prairie, was out for an afternoon jog when she was struck and killed last April at at off-ramp near Highway 151 and Windsor Street in Sun Prairie.
Maureen Mengelt’s husband Kevin Mengelt told News 3 last week the plea deal was lenient and the family expressed concern over the reduced charges.
Burnside will be taken to jail directly from court Tuesday until he is sentenced.