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Mother of hit-and-run victim speaks out

EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) — August 28th became Dorothy Holtslander’s worst nightmare. It started when her son, Sean, decided to take his motorcycle to Taco Bell and said he’d be back by 10 p.m.

“Around 12 o’clock I sent him a text. ‘Sean you need to call me, I’m getting worried. Where are you?'” Dorothy said.

She sent more texts, but never got a reply.

The next morning she said she saw police outside of her home.

“They said ‘we need to come in, can we come in,”” Dorothy recounted. “And I said no, no, no. I don’t want to hear this, I just don’t want to hear it.”

23 year old Sean Holtslander was killed while riding his motorcycle by a hit-and-run driver. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department arrested Jeffrey Liebscher who has been charged with two felonies, including homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

What happened in Liebscher’s initial appearance is something Dorothy never expected. The Judge gave Liebscher a $1,500 cash bond, which shocked Dorothy.

But, it’s what the judge said that really struck a nerve with her.

“When I saw the news and I saw him say, ‘I’ve known [Liebscher] for many years, he’s a good man,'” Dorothy said.

In a transcription from that court date Judge Michael Bloom said, “I know Mr. Liebscher to the extent that at the conclusion of this hearing I’m going to recuse myself on this case.”

Judge Bloom also commented on Liebscher’s character, saying, “he has multiple children with his now ex-wife who also resides in this area. He’s a relatively visible and well-known member of the Sugar Camp community…I know him to be a good man.”

Now Dorothy is worried justice won’t be served, and thinks the case should be moved out of the county. She has also filed a complaint against the judge.

Judge Bloom denied News 9’s request for comment.

Sarah McGrew

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