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UPDATE: Former bishop sentenced to 10 years in prison for hitting and killing Sun Prairie jogger

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UPDATE (WKOW) --- Former Lutheran bishop Bruce Burnside was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison and 5 years of extended supervision in the 2013 death of Maureen Mengelt.

Burnside had accepted a deal in May and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and first offense drunk driving. Prosecutors dropped a hit and run charge. In April 2013, he was accused of hitting the 52-year-old Sun Prairie woman with his car and driving away.

The loss was huge for the Mengelt family and the community. More than 2,000 people showed up to the teacher and former police officer's funeral services.

Maureen's family struggled to fight back tears as they spoke to the courtroom before the sentencing, detailing the grief they've suffered in the past 16 months. One of her children had to drop out of school to cope with the pain.

"How will I handle the [special] moments with them when they occur," says Kevin Mengelt, Maureen's husband, of his children's future lifetime milestones. "I've spent a year of really, really trying hard to make up for her loss and I always feel I've come up short."

Burnside spoke to the courtroom also, expressing his remorse.

"I have never been so sorry and sorry is such an insufficient word for this kind of guilt," Burnside told the judge. "Nor have I ever lived with such shame or regret or remorse. No one deplores what I have done more than I do."

In his speech, Burnside tearfully admitted guilt but maintained he did not know he was driving with alcohol in his system over the legal limit and he said he had no intention of fleeing the crash.

Dozens of people showed up to share their support with both the Mengelt family and Burnside. The Dane County Courthouse had to open an overflow room for those who couldn't fit in the courtroom. Several members of the religious community spoke on their respect for Burnside and his regret over what happened. Family and friends took the stand to share how painful Maureen's death was for the family.

Kevin Mengelt told the media after the sentencing he hopes his family can have some peace now that court proceedings are concluded and says he is planning on focusing all his attention on his children who need him.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A packed courtroom turned out Thursday morning to hear the sentencing of a former Lutheran bishop found guilty of hitting and killing a Sun Prairie woman in 2013.

In May, Bruce Burnside was found guilty of reckless homicide in the death of Maureen Mengelt, 52, along with first offense drunk driving. Burnside took a plea agreement to drop a hit and run charge. Prosecutors will ask for no more than eight years in prison.

Dozens of people showed up in support of both Burnside and Mengelt, including family members and the religious community. The Dane County Courthouse had to set up an overflow room to fit all those who showed up. Many will speak Thursday morning and a sentence is expected.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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