The drunk driver that killed four motorcyclists last summer on Interstate 29 has pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide.
Andrew Schlictemeier, 22, of Murray, Neb., is scheduled to be sentenced March 24 in Harrison County District Court. Under a plea agreement, he faces a penalty of up to 25 years in prison on each of the four counts. The Harrison County Attorney’s Office is asking for a 50-year sentence, but Schlictemeier could be paroled in 10 to 20 years.
On Aug. 9, 2010, Schlictemeier was driving a northbound pickup truck through an Interstate 29 construction zone near Little Sioux. His vehicle veered across the center line into oncoming traffic and collided with four southbound motorcyclists – Dale E. Aspedon, 49, of Glenwood; Dennis E. Chaney, 62, of Glenwood; Steven L. Benscoter, 62, of Pacific Junction; and Jay C. Bock, 48, of Omaha. The four cyclists, who were returning home from a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., all died from injuries sustained in the collision. Schlictemeier was treated for non life- threatening injuries before being arrested.
An investigation by the Iowa State Patrol determined that Schlictemeier’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the collision was 0.373, more than four times the legal limit.
At a court appearance Thursday before District Court Judge Jeffrey Larson, Schlictemeier admitted fault in the fatal collision.
“I will forever be remorseful,” he said.
Schlictemeier mentioned Aspedon, Chaney, Benscoter and Bock by name in describing what happened on Aug. 9.
“I became intoxicated and drove my vehicle north on Interstate 29, crossed the center line, and came into contact with (victims), resulting in all four fatalities,” Schlictemeier told Judge Larson.
Chaney, Aspedon and Benscoter were active members of Harvey T. Rimel American Legion Post 141 in Glenwood. They rode with the Legion Riders, a group of motorcyclists known for offering visible support at the funerals and memorial services for military personnel and veterans.