MERRILL (WAOW) – The sentencing of a 26-year-old Merrill woman found guilty of driving drunk and killing two of her friends in a rollover crash two years ago has been delayed nearly three months, according to online Lincoln County court records.
Ashley Baumann is undergoing surgery Monday and “it is going to take her awhile to recover from that,” Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy said Wednesday.
He declined comment on the medical problem requiring the surgery.
Baumann's attorney, Wright Laufenberg, did not immediately return a telephone message.
A Lincoln County jury deliberated about six hours in May before finding 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's sentencing was originally set for Aug. 20 but was pushed back Wednesday to Nov. 4, court records said.
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 in June 2012, 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 a 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 trial but investigators testified that she told them she remembered drinking the night of the crash, not driving.