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ROGERS -- A Rogers man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting responsibility for another man's death in an alcohol-related crash.

William Schmidt, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday to negligent homicide and first-offense driving while intoxicated. Schmidt's attorney Matthew Benson reached the deal with deputy prosecutor Bryan Sexton.

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

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.

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

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

Schmidt told a Rogers police officer he drank four beers; two were in tall glasses of possibly 24 ounces, according to the affidavit.

A test showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.19, according to the affidavit.

NW News on 05/15/2019

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