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Victim’s dad: “My son is in the grave, and he is out having a good time”

A Scott County driver banned from drinking as part of his probation appears to be caught on social media partying in a bar.

And the family of the man he killed says, enough is enough.

Cody Lantau, 21, pleaded guilty in 2012 to homicide by vehicle.

Lantau struck and killed his friend, 17-year-old Will Schwener, at an outdoor party after a night of drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana.

Lantau was sentenced to 5 years of probation and he was barred from consuming or possessing alcohol during that time.

Saturday night, August 30, 2014, deputies who were called to the Long Grove Tap in Long Grove, Iowa, reported Lantau’s blood alcohol level there was .054.

Snapchat video images show Lantau inside the bar with drinks in his hand.

“It shows him singing karaoke, it shows him around the table having shots. Posted online and drinking. I’m not happy at all. I sat and bawled for two hours last night,” said Ron Schwener, the victim’s father.

“My son’s in the grave and he’s out having a good time. It’s not right, it’s just not right,” he said.

The Schwener family says Lantau’s probation should be revoked.

“He’s never paid and he needs to, because, he obviously hasn’t learned his lesson, if he’s still out drinking,” said Windy Hildebrant, the victim’s aunt.

The family was angered when Lantau received probation, and say they are outraged now.

Will Schwener’s birthday was Sunday, August 31.

“Having a good time on my son’s birthday. I went down to the county attorney today, I showed him the incident report, he was going to show it to his probation officer. I want him at least arrested for contempt of court, and I want him to answer to a judge,” Schwener said.

“He’s been partying for two years, I keep getting photos and stories from other people. No one wants to seem to listen. But, I am a dad. I’ll never quit fighting,” Schwener said.

A spokesperson from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the incident, but said the investigation was still underway and reports forthcoming.

7 comments

  • John

    This is outrageous!! If my son had been killed in a car accident and I found the guy partying on my son’s birthday I guaranteeyou the guy would be more worried about me then about the cops. The fact that the Liberal judge gave him probation in the first place is rediculous. All I’m saying is this guy is lucky that it’s not my kid that died.

  • true story

    WQAD needs to fact check before getting involved in a grieving g families attempt to continue ruin a kids life over a very sad mistake. I know this kid and all he does is go to work, sit at work and sit in his buddies garage. He grieves during these difficult times just like the family does. These two families are tied by blood and it makes things more difficult than some situations and everyone else just needs to stay out of it. Check the track record on some of your quoted family members like the victims Aunt. She no angel herself. No one is perfect. Point is this story is not 100% true and shame on you for not getting it all straight before releasing this story. I’ll know to not believe everything I see or hear from WQAD from now on.

  • Katlyn

    Really? You are compleat ignorant fool if you think for a moment he feels any sort of pain similer to the famillys pain. Maybe you should get your facts strait before you open your mouth! Cody got off really lucky with just 5 year probation and to break the law and rub it in the famillys face that he can get away with it is not feeling pain! If the tables were turned you would be singing a different song!

  • Jeremy

    What happened that night in that icy field was an accident, a tragic tragic accident. However this family needs to stop trying to make this young man out to be some kind of evil spawn of satan. Several teens were in that field partying including their son and each one of them decided it would be a good idea to start doing donuts. Their son decided to party, their son decided to have fun, their son was just as guilty as every single other kid there partying that night. Their son was the one that payed the ultimate price for the decisions of the group, including himself. Now they want to act like this young man should be put away for life and its because they still havent coped with their loss. Its sad but true, leave the young man alone and let him get on with his life. Do you think for even 1 minute that the death of his friend hasn’t weighed on him? Thats the problem with this country, were far to quick to put young people away for ONE mistake.

  • Jeremy

    What happened that night in that icy field was an accident, a tragic tragic accident. However this family needs to stop trying to make this young man out to be some kind of evil spawn. Several teens were in that field partying including their son and each one of them decided it would be a good idea to start doing donuts. Their son decided to party, their son decided to have fun, their son was just as guilty as every single other kid there partying that night. Their son was the one that payed the ultimate price for the decisions of the group, including himself. Now they want to act like this young man should be put away for life and its because they want somebody to blame. Its sad but true, leave the young man alone and let him get on with his life. Do you think for even 1 minute that the death of his friend hasn’t weighed on him? Thats the problem with this country, were far to quick to put young people away for ONE mistake.

  • True Story

    Wow!!! He hasn’t learned his lesson because he drank?….He didn’t get drunk, He didn’t drive a vehicle. He didn’t do anything but take a shot and sing a song. What about all the other kids out there including your son who still drink and act STUPID all the time. Obviously they didn’t learn anything from the situation either. You really need to grow up because you’re far too old to be this ignorant. At least your consistant I guess.

  • Katlyn

    He’s on probation! He yet again broke the law. Really shows how bad he feels about his friend dieing when he cant even keep the drink out of his hand! Will is gone and and all Cody was told to do was stay away from drinking and he cant even do that.! If he truly felt bad about what happend then he wouldent go against what the judge told him! You say the familly is ruining his life but he’s the one not doing what he’s been told to do! The video of him drinking and the photos taken he knew about. He’s showing just how little he cares and he’s putting him self in this situation by letting photos and videos go viril of him breaking his probation! Maybe you should be asking poor poor Cody why he cant sacrifice 5 years of his life without drinking when his friend his had to sacrifice his LIFE to that night.

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