An amusement park ride operator who authorities said was responsible for an accident that seriously injured a 13-year-old girl has entered a no contest plea.
Charles Carnell pleaded no contest to a charge of second-degree reckless injury last week in Sauk County Circuit Court.
Carnell was convicted on the felony charge, but he won't serve any prison time.
No restitution has been ordered at this time, as it is being addressed on the civil side of the case.
In July, Carnell was the ride operator at the Wisconsin Dells thrill park when then-12-year-old Teagan Marti was accidentally dropped 100 feet to the ground and severely injured.
According to police, Carnell failed to communicate with a co-worker that the ride's safety net was ready to catch Marti before releasing the girl. Carnell told investigators he just "blanked out" at the time.