Traffic Death Brings 10-Year Sentence

By Beacon Staff

A woman who drove after drinking alcohol and was convicted in a 2006 traffic death has received a prison sentence of 10 years.

Steffanie Ann Schauf of Kalispell sobbed on Friday as District Judge Stewart E. Stadler imposed the sentence of 20 years with 10 suspended. Stadler said there was no doubt the 27-year-old Shauf drove while impaired by alcohol.

In April a jury convicted her of negligent homicide, negligent vehicular assault and criminal endangerment.

The crash on July 1, 2006, killed 24-year-old Brett Adams of Bigfork.

According to testimony, Schauf was driving on U.S. 93 when her car hit the back of a pickup truck, sending it down an embankment. Adams was ejected. Two other people with injuries survived.

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