Egeler given seven-month term in jail under HYTA
CRYSTAL FALLS—The facts of the case as presented in court against Ronald Austin Egeler are heartbreaking for everybody involved.
Here was a young man who was laying around with his girlfriend and her friend on a late March evening. They were talking about going shooting that weekend and were handling some guns. During the course of this interaction, the 22-year-old Egeler used marijuana, according to investigators’ reports referred to at Egeler’s sentencing hearing Jan. 2.
What happened shortly after forever changed the lives of many. The .380 pistol Egeler was handling discharged, and the bullet killed his girlfriend, 20-year-old Savannah Marcell.
Marcell was the mother of an infant son at the time of her death.
Egeler was charged with using or discharging a firearm under the influence causing death (a 15-year felony), careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death (a high court misdemeanor) and an additional misdemeanor charge.
Egeler eventually pleaded no contest to attempted use or discharge of a firearm under the influence causing death, a five-year felony. At the Jan. 2 hearing, Iron County Judge C. Joseph Schwedler sentenced Egeler to seven months in jail and four years of probation under the terms of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.