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Snowmobiler involved in Chicago TV news anchor death gets probation

A suburban Chicago man has been put on three years' probation for driving a snowmobile into a tree while drunk in northern Wisconsin, killing a Chicago TV news anchor.

Vilas County prosecutors said they did not recommend jail time for Scott Hirschey, 45, in part because the victim's family didn't want it.

Authorities said his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his snowmobile near Sayner in January of 2008.

It killed his passenger and long-time friend Randy Salerno who was a morning news anchor on Chicago's CBS TV station.

Hirschey was sentenced Monday after he pleaded no contest to a felony count of homicide by drunken driving.

Besides the probation, he must perform 100 hours of community service.