Intoxicated Driver Sentenced to 50 Years for Vehicular Homicide in Biker Deaths

Andrew Schlichtemeier, 22, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing four bikers when he swerved into oncoming traffic on Interstate 29 near a construction area and crushed them with his pick-up truck. The four motorcyclists were friends returning home from the 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Schlichtemeier admitted to being intoxicated at the time; his blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit at .373 percent. In court, Schlichtemeier said he was very remorseful and named his four victims, Jay Bock of Omaha; Steven Benscoter of Pacific Junction, Iowa; and Dale Aspedon and Dennis Chaney, both of Glenwood, Iowa, in his statement as a tribute to them.

Schlichtemeier, 22, had been a University of Nebraska-Omaha honors student. In March, Schlichtemeier was sentenced to 25 years in prison for each death, with two sentences running concurrently and two running consecutively. Total, Schlichtemeier faces 50 years in prison.

Each of the victims’ families have filed suit against Schlichtemeier for their deaths. Families facing similar circumstances in Colorado can receive help from a Colorado motorcycle accident attorney.

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