2/8/2019 11:27:00 AM Sentencing announced for snowmobile operator responsible for young boy's death on Chisago Lake
Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Bollman sentenced Eric Joseph Coleman February 7 to 13-and-a half years in confinement for his conviction last December on third degree murder and several related counts. The breakdown is 150 months for the murder conviction, to be served in St. Cloud State Prison, and 365 days on DUI related criminal vehicular operation-bodily harm offenses.
Coleman, 46, of Chisago City was also ordered to remit $3,522 in restitution.
He has accumulated 66 days in jail which will be credited to his term.
A jury found in December 2018 that third degree murder was committed when Coleman operated a snowmobile on Chisago Lake in January 2018, under the influence of alcohol.
The prosecution had gotten a grand jury indictment on third degree murder, saying the charge of criminal vehicular operation was insufficient in this case. During the trial prosecutors drove home the message that Coleman had just gotten a drunk driving charge three months before the snowmobile incident. He had full and complete knowledge of what could happen if he operated a motor vehicle while under the influence.
The victim, Alan Geisenkoetter, 8, died at the hospital following about five days in the ICU with injuries he sustained when Coleman’s snowmobile struck him. Alan was out on the lake around 8 p.m. with his family getting set-up for a few hours of night ice fishing. The father also sustained injuries, as Coleman’s snowmobile crashed into a portable ice fishing structure that the dad was busy erecting.