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Liebscher waives prelim in fatal hit-and-run

November 05, 2019 by Jamie Taylor

The 53-year-old Sugar Camp man accused of killing a motorcyclist in a traffic accident in August, and then fleeing the scene, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Oneida County Circuit Court.

Jeffrey M. Liebscher is charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit and run resulting in death in connection with an Aug. 28 accident that occurred in front of his driveway on State Highway 17 that left Sean J. Holtslander, 23, of St. Germain dead.

According to the criminal complaint, after the collision, Liebscher hid his truck on his property and had his brother Brian take him to Three Lakes. 

It is alleged in the complaint that over 11 hours passed before detectives with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department located him and took him into custody.

Liebscher appeared before Branch I Judge Patrick O’Melia, with his attorney Gary Cirilli, for Wednesday’s hearing. 

Assistant district attorney Jillian Pfeifer filled in for district attorney Michael Schiek during the short hearing

After Cirilli confirmed his client had chosen to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, where the state must show that probable cause that a felony has been committed, and O’Melia bound him over further proceedings, the judge asked if the defendant wished to go directly to arraignment. Pfeifer told the judge the DA’s office would prefer a separate arraignment.

O’Melia then scheduled the arraignment for the afternoon of Nov. 11.

Cirilli then asked for a further modification of the conditions of his client’s $1,500 cash bond.

“At the last hearing we discussed Mr. Liebscher being allowed to go out to dinner, but it had to be non-alcoholic,” Cirilli said, adding that Liebscher wanted to inquire as to whether he could attend an upcoming Three Lakes Baseball League fundraiser where beer will be served.

“Negative,” was O’Melia’s response. 

The case was then adjourned until the arraignment. If convicted of both charges, he faces a maximum of 35 years in prison.

Brian Liebscher, 54, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer for not telling investigators that his brother had contacted him the night of the accident and that he had given him a ride to Three Lakes. He is free on a $500 signature bond until his next court appearance Dec. 10.

Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at [email protected]


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