Former Senate Aid, Michael Brodkorb, Pleads Guilty to Drunk Driving

Posted at: 03/13/2013 12:58 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving in a January interstate crash that left him seriously injured.
Brodkorb was sentenced to 1 year of probation Wednesday and ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The former communications aide to Senate Republicans was fired in 2011 after an affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. He sued the Senate, alleging he was discriminated against because of his gender. That lawsuit is pending.

He released a statement following his guilty plea, in which he apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he could have died if not for the work of first responders and others. Brodkorb crashed his SUV into a bridge wall on Interstate 35 near St. Paul on January 23rd.