The drunk driver responsible for killing four motorcyclists last August in an Interstate 29 construction zone has been sentenced to serve 50 years in prison.
Andrew Schlictemeier, 22, was sentenced Thursday by Harrison County District Court Judge Jeffrey Larson. Schlictemeier is responsible for the deaths of Dale Aspedon and Dennis Chaney of Glenwood, Steven Benscoter of Pacific Junction and Jay Bach of Omaha. The four men were riding their motorcycles back from a rally in Sturgis, S.D., Aug. 9 when they were struck by Schlictemeier’s pickup truck, which had crossed the center line near Little Sioux.
Prior to the collision, several witnesses and other motorists called 911 and reported seeing Schlictemeier driving his truck erratically, weaving in and out of lanes and making contact with guard rails. The Iowa State Patrol said his blood alcohol level was .373, more than four times the legal limit in Iowa. He was charged with four counts of vehicular homicide.
Stating that he wanted to send a message to “anyone who thinks it’s not a big deal to get behind the wheel after drinking,” Larson sentenced Schlictemeier to 50 years (two 25-year sentences to run consecutively and two additional 25-year sentences to run concurrently with the other sentences).
Larson told Schlictemeier he had ruined what seemed to be a bright future for himself by electing to drink and drive.
Schlictemeier expressed remorse to Larson and the victims’ family members who were in the courtroom, stating he was “sorry” for his actions.