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Pewaukee man found guilty in fatal crash

A City of Pewaukee man, already convicted six times for drunken driving, was found guilty Friday in the Aug. 1, 2008 fatal crash that killed an Elm Grove man and injured two others.

Daniel P. Henningsen, 44, was found guilty by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer. Henningsen chose to have Kieffer, rather than a jury, decide his case. A four-day trial ended Dec. 9.

Henningsen was driving west on Capitol Drive in the City of Brookfield when his Oldsmobile van struck a Jeep puling out from Mountain Drive at about 12:15 a.m., according to the criminal complaint. Pronounced dead at the scene was William E. Gray, 51, of Elm Grove. Gray’s wife, Kelley and his sister-in-law, Lori Borden were injured.

A blood sample showed Henningsen had a blood-alcohol level of 0.194.

Henningsen was found guilty of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two counts of drunken driving while causing injury. Henningsen had earlier entered a guilty plea to possession of marijuana and a charge of seventh-offense drunken driving was dismissed by prosecutors.

Henningsen will be sentenced March 21.

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