Liebscher pleads guilty to hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a St. Germain man
By Lori Adler, reporter
Jeffrey Liebscher, 53, of Sugar Camp appeared in Oneida County court Friday for charges related to the death of motorcyclist Sean Holtslander, 23, of St. Germain. Holtslander died in a traffic accident on Highway 17 in Sugar Camp Aug. 28, 2019. Family and friends of the deceased gathered in the courtroom, many wearing black t-shirts that said “Justice for Sean.”
Liebscher is charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run involving death, both felonies. Liebscher appeared before Judge Patrick O’Melia and pleaded guilty to the charge of hit-and-run involving death. District Attorney Michael Schiek said the state would dismiss the charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle as well as a traffic violation of operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
Judge O’Melia spoke directly to Liebscher, ensuring he was aware that he was waiving his rights to a jury trial. O’Melia also noted that he was under no obligation to follow any sentencing recommendations and could impose the maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or 25 years in prison. Liebscher stated he understood.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 20 at 1:30 p.m. District attorney Schiek is expected to submit letters from the victim’s family prior to the hearing as well as call three or four witnesses during the hearing.