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ROGERS -- A Rogers man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after admitting responsibility for another man's death in a alcohol related crash.

William Schmidt, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday to negligent homicide and first offense driving while intoxicated. He pleaded guilty under a plea agreement Schmidt's attorney, Matthew Benson, reached with Bryan Sexton.

Schmidt was arrested June 3, 2018.

He admitted he negligently caused Jerry Jackson's death as result of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to his plea.

The two vehicle crash happened June 3 at Eighth and Walnut streets in Rogers, according to court documents.

Police said Schmidt left an event at the City Pump, 623 W. Walnut St., driving a BMW just after 2 a.m., according to a probable cause affidavit. Witnesses heard Schmidt in an argument on the phone and saw him leave headed west on West Walnut Street driving fast, according to court documents.

The witnesses saw the BMW enter the intersection with South Eighth Street when the light was red, according the affidavit. Schmidt's car collided with the driver side of a Chevy S-10 pickup traveling south on Eighth Street.

Jackson, 44, of Siloam Springs, the pickup driver, had to be extracted from the pickup. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center, according the affidavit.

Schmidt told a Rogers police officer he had drank four beers with two of the beers being tall glasses, possibly 24 ounces, according to the affidavit.

Schmidt was arrested after being given a field sobriety test, according to the affidavit. He was also given a breathalyzer and his blood alcohol content tested at 0.19, according to the affidavit.

Benton County Judge Brad Karren sentenced Schmidt to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. He must abide by a suspended sentence for five years after his release from prison.

NW News on 05/15/2019

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