A Nebraska man pleaded guilty to killing four motorcycle riders who were coming back from the country's largest motorcycle festival in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Andrew Schlichtemeier, 22, of Murray, NE, pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide in connection with the wreck that occurred on August 9, 2010 in Missouri. He told Harrison County District Judge Jeffrey Larson that "I am at fault."
Schlichtemeier's truck veered into the oncoming lane of traffic near Little Sioux, killing Jay Bock of Omaha, Steven Benscoter of Pacific Junction, Iowa, and Dale Aspedon and Dennis Chaney of Glenwood, Iowa. Schlichtemeier's BAC was .373 percent at the time, more than four times the legal limit.
Each of the four counts carries with it a potential prison term of 25 years. Schlichtemeier, a former honors student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will likely be sentenced to 50 years in prison and be eligible for parole.
Sentencing for the case has been scheduled for March 24, 2011. Our condolences go out to everyone involved in this tragic accident.