Police: man in Oneida County motorcycle case hit, killed rider, then lied to investigatorsSubmitted: 08/30/2019
Story By Ben Meyer

Police: man in Oneida County motorcycle case hit, killed rider, then lied to investigators
RHINELANDER - At first, Jeffrey Liebscher told police all the places he had gone Wednesday night.

Only after changing his story did he admit he hit and killed a motorcyclist with his car in Oneida County.

The 53-year-old Sugar Camp man was in court on Friday. He's charged in the death of 23-year-old Sean Holtslander, who was found dead late Wednesday night on Highway 17.

"We do have Mr. Leibscher, who did eventually end up [giving] what I would consider a confession to law enforcement, broke down and gave accurate information," said Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek. "He initially did not report the incident, Judge, and that causes us some concern. He attempted to hide the vehicle he was travelling in back in a wooded area."

Judge Michael Bloom set a $1,500 cash bond in court.

Bloom said he knows Leibscher personally and called him "a good man." After Friday's court action, Bloom will recuse himself in the case.

Liebscher admitted to having a drink at a bar earlier in the night, but said he wasn't impaired.

During the bond hearing, he promised not to flee.

"I'm not going to go anywhere. Obviously, I should have stayed there in the beginning, but I'm not going anywhere," Liebscher said.

Leibscher's charges include a homicide charge and a hit-and-run charge. If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to 35 years.

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