Liebscher pleads guilty to hit and run death; investigation ordered before sentencingSubmitted: 02/14/2020
Liebscher pleads guilty to hit and run death; investigation ordered before sentencing
Story By Stephen Goin

ONEIDA COUNTY - A 53-year-old Sugar Camp man accused in the Aug. 2019 hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist pleaded guilty to that charge Friday. 

Jeffrey Liebscher was arrested this past fall on charges of Hit and Run Causing Death, a class D felony, and Homicide by Negligent Use of a Vehicle, a class G felony.

Police later identified the man who died as 23-year-old Sean Holtslander or St. Germain.

In the Nov. 11 status conference, Liebscher pleaded not guilty to both charges. On Friday, Liebscher pleaded guilty only to Hit and Run Causing Death.

Prosecutors moved to dismiss the Negligent Use of a Vehicle charge and one charge of operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Judge Partick O'Melia approved a joint recommendation to conduct a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI). O'Melia requested the PSI be filed by Apr. 3.

Liebscher's sentencing is set for Apr. 20 at 1:30 p.m. The prosecution and defense agreed two to three witnesses would be expected.

Prosecutors also said they would submit letters of support for Holtslander and his mother to the court ahead of the sentencing.

A class D felony carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, a $100,000 fine or both.

Liebscher's older brother, Brian, who is accused of lying to police during their investigation, was charged with Resting or Obstructing an Officer.

His case has not yet been resolved; he will appear in court for motion hearing on Mar. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

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