Judge finds East Troy man guilty in drunken-driving death of 6-year-old
Court records report that Dragotta's blood-alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was 0.18 percent, more than double the legal limit.
As Walworth County Judge David Reddy asked Dragotta for his plea on each count, the 44-year-old East Troy man's voice trembled, especially when asked about the charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
After court, Treyton's mother, Mary Kilar, made a heart-felt statement.
"We miss our son beyond belief," she said. "We want to keep Treyton's memory alive by building a baseball stadium."
The stadium would commemorate Treyton and others who lost their lives in drunken-driving traffic crashes, she said. Treyton was an avid baseball fan and dreamed of playing professionally.
Mary Kilar said she believes Dragotta had no intention of killing her son but did so by making a "destructive decision."
Mike Kilar, Treyton's father, was driving home with three of his four children after watching his daughter Rosie play volleyball in East Troy. His vehicle was struck by Dragotta's vehicle at Highway 20 and County N. Police say Dragotta ran a stop sign.
Dragotta pleaded no contest to the charges Monday regardless of Reddy's warning that he likely would be found guilty. Dragotta entered the plea without first reaching a sentencing agreement with Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss.
Koss is now free to ask Reddy to impose a maximum prison term. Koss did not reveal in court the length of prison sentence he would pursue.
The homicide charge carries a prison term of up to 25 years. Dragotta also was found guilty of causing injury while drunken driving with a prison term of up to 12 years.
Reddy ordered a presentence investigation that could advise the judge about the sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 9 before Reddy.
More than a dozen supporters of the Kilar family were in court Monday to hear Dragotta's pleas. Many supporters wore T-shirts with "Play for Trey" printed on them.
About a dozen of Dragotta's acquaintances also were in court. He will remain in Walworth County Jail until sentencing.
The T-shirts are affiliated with the building project known as Treyton Kilar's Field of Dreams. The project to build a stadium has raised about $60,000. It has a price tag of $474,000, Mary Kilar said.
Fundraising efforts narrowly missed winning a $250,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project on Jan. 31.
Organizers said a new round of Pepsi voting could take place in April or May. They plan to re-apply, though the Pepsi grant isn't expected to be as large as the one offered in January.
Supporters said they would continue fundraising efforts for a 225- to 250-foot baseball field on Starin Park's northeast side. It would include dugouts, bleachers, a scoreboard, and possibly lights, a restroom and concessions building.
Last updated: 4:22 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012