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UPDATE: Meier sentenced for fatal punch

Neillsville (WQOW) - The man whose punch led to another man's death is going to prison.

Tyler Meier was sentenced to five years in prison for throwing a fatal punch.

It happened last year at a bar in Neillsville.  Investigators say Keith Young was upset with Meier for getting to close to Young's wife at the bar.  The two began arguing.  Meier then punched him.  Young was knocked unconscious and later died from head injuries.  Monday, Meier was sentenced to five years for felony murder by battery.

Instead of prison time, Meier's attorney asked for probation and community service and to have his client pay child support for the victim's son.  Before the judge made his decision, both sides had a chance to speak.

"I heard a little while ago probation mentioned, it almost seems like a slap in the face to me, it doesn't quite sit right with me," says Daniel Young, Keith Young's brother.

Daniel Young says giving Meier probation instead of prison time would have been a slap on the wrist.  That's what his defense attorney was asking for.

"But for the outcome of this battery which was a substantial factor, this would have been a misdemeanor processed the way many batteries are," says Harry Hertel, defense attorney for Tyler Meier.

Amy Young, Keith's widow says Meier made his choice that night at the bar.  And for that he should not be let off lightly.

"None of this has been fair.  Tyler had a choice, he could have backed off and walked away, but he didn't and now because of that I'm a single mother with a two-year-old child who has to face him every day and explain to him because of someone else's actions, he can't see his father anymore," says Amy Young.

"Our prayer is for justice for Amy and I'm hoping for some mercy for my son," says Mary Jo Meier, Tyler's mother.

Meier himself also had the chance to speak.  He admitted being drunk at the time of throwing the punch and saying he panicked, but says he takes responsibility for his actions.

"I made wrong choices that night, wrong choices and I can't take them back," says Meier.

The judge rejected the motion for probation saying the court needs to set an example.

"What does it tell anyone that might go into a bar, if they can get intoxicated and they can get to the point they say I didn't know what was going to happen and slapped somebody.  When they get into court and say I didn't know what was going to happen, can I go on probation?," says Judge James Mason, Clark County.

Along with five years behind bars, Meier will also have five years of extended supervision. 

One condition of that supervision is that he avoids alcohol.  He admitted he was drinking the night he punched young.  He was also picked up for drunken driving while out on bond in this case.

Meier's sentence calls for 100 hours of community service and restitution, which could include child support for young's two-year-old.



Clark County (WQOW) - The man whose punch led to another man's death last year in Clark County is going to prison.

Tyler Meier, of Eleva, was sentenced to five years behind bars on Monday. He punched Keith Young at a bar in Neillsville in 2009. Young later died from head injuries.

The courtroom was packed for the sentencing hearing on Monday. News 18 was there and will have more on our newscasts tonight.



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