The friend who was driving the snowmobile from which WBBM-TV's Randy Salerno was thrown and killed in 2008, was sentenced today for his part in the TV anchorman's death.
A Wisconsin judge ruled that Scott Hirschey, 45, will serve three years probation and do 100 hours of community service, a defense attorney told Chicago Breaking News, after reaching a plea agreement on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Salerno and Hirschey grew up together in Crystal Lake and had been on a winter getaway near Eagle River, Wis., when the snowmobile they were riding on together slammed into an embankment, flew 46 feet and hit a pine tree.
Hirschey could have been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison with a $100,000 fine.
"He thanked Randy's family for their support," Hyland said.