Thursday, July 14, 2016
Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on July 11, 2016, Ashley E. Kitchenakow (age: 28) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, was sentenced by the Honorable William C. Griesbach to 9 years in prison and 5 years supervised release. Kitchenakow pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1112 and 1153, and recklessly endangering the safety of others by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, in violation of Tittle 18, United States Code, Sections 1152 and 13, and Wisconsin Statutes Section 941.30(2).
According to the indictment and other court documents, on August 28, 2015, while on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Neopit, Wisconsin, Kitchenakow lost control of the vehicle, hit a tree, caused the death of one passenger in the vehicle, and caused serious injury to another passenger. Kitchenakow acted with wanton and reckless disregard for human life, and had actual knowledge that her conduct was a threat to the lives of others given several previous convictions for operating while intoxicated.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Menominee Tribal Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Roach.