A northwest Wisconsin man who portrayed himself as a hero after last year’s Minneapolis bridge collapse has been sentenced prison. 27-year-old Michael Stoner of Spooner made national news after he and his fiancé survived the collapse as they rushed to a Minneapolis hospital to see their two-year-old daughter. Their vehicle went down in the wreckage on Interstate-35 and they swam to safety and saw the girl in the hospital. What Stoner didn’t say was that he abused the child so badly, she had to be flown to a major hospital and that’s why he and the girl’s mother were speeding there.
A Washburn County judge sentenced Stoner to seven-and-a-half years in prison, plus five years of extended supervision. He had pleaded no contest to reckless injury and obstructing an officer.