Durango, Colo. (AP) A Wisconsin firefighter faces prison time after pleading guilty to punching a man who later died after falling backward and hitting his head on the ground.
Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Marcus Kispert of De Pere pleaded guilty this week in Durango to criminally negligent homicide in the death of 24-year-old Jonathan Parker Sheppard.
Witnesses say Sheppard was intoxicated when he taunted some firefighters who were vacationing in Durango on October 28th. They say he injured his head in a parking lot.
Police say Kispert later said he had punched Sheppard.
Kispert faces between six months and three years in prison, or more if a judge finds mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 18th.