BUFFALO (WJON News) - An Otsego man will spend 185 days of work release in Wright County for the July 2022 death of a boy.

According to the criminal complaint, Austin Copsey of Otsego was driving an ATV with a 12-year-old passenger just after 10:00 p.m. on July 16, 2022, when he hit a row of mailboxes cemented into the ground. The ATV rolled into a ditch, resulting in the death of the child.

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At the time, authorities say his blood alcohol level was .16 – twice the legal limit.

Tuesday, Copsey pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide – Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Level of .08 or more. He was sentenced to 185 days in the Wright County Jail.

Copsey will serve the sentence in 20-day increments on work release. In addition, He’ll be on probation for the next ten years.



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