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Sentencing date set in fatal OWI Merrill crash

MERRILL (WAOW) - A 26-year-old Merrill woman found guilty of driving drunk and killing two of her friends in a rollover crash two years ago will be sentenced in August.

A Lincoln County jury deliberated about six hours earlier this week before finding Ashley Baumann guilty of seven felonies, including two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Three charges were dismissed after the verdict was read.

Baumann will be sentenced Aug. 20 following a June 5 motion hearing, according to online court records. She could be sentenced to more than 60 years in prison.

Using DNA and accident reconstruction evidence, prosecutors convinced the jury that Baumann was driving when her car went off a Merrill road at nearly 100 mph, killing Misty Glisch, 31, and Jessica Hartwig, 33, and severely injuring Jerrica Woller, 31. Witnesses said the women had been drinking after playing softball and Baumann's blood-alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit to drive.

A picture found on cell phone of one of the dead women showed Baumann behind the wheel just minutes before the crash.

Baumann's attorney contended that investigators missed key pieces of evidence and Baumann was not driving when her car rolled over.

Baumann did not testify during the seven-day trial but investigators testified that she told them she remembered drinking the night of the crash, not driving.

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