Lincoln man to serve 2½ years in drunken driving death

Posted June 26, 2013, at 6:44 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Lincoln man involved in a fatal car crash two years ago in Seboeis was sentenced Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 10 years in prison with all but 2 ½ suspended for manslaughter.

David A. Stenzel, 33, also was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution to the victim’s family, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Stenzel will begin serving his sentence on July 4, Assistant District Attorney Alice Clifford, who prosecuted the case, said.

Richard McKechnie Jr., 26, of Howland, died on July 24, 2011, when the 2007 Dodge Ram truck Stenzel was driving at a high rate of speed left the road and struck a tree about 9:40 p.m., according to a previously published report.

Stenzel’s blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent, or nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08, Clifford said Wednesday.

Stenzel and Christopher Vainio, 25, of Enfield, were injured seriously in the accident.

McKechnie was the son of Tammie and Richard B. McKechnie of Howland. He was described in an obituary printed in the Bangor Daily News as an avid outdoorsman who “loved to have a good time.”

Stenzel was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury in May 2012 for manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, driving to endanger and criminal speeding.

He pleaded guilty to charges related to the crash earlier this year.

Stenzel faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the manslaughter charge alone.

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