The Nebraska man authorites blamed in the deaths of four motorcyclists was sentenced today in western Iowa’s Harrison County District Court.
Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Schlichtemeier of Murray, Nebraska, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after killing four motorcyclists back in August 2010 on Interstate 29.
The motorists were 49-year-old Dale Aspedon of Glenwood, 62-year-old Steven Benscoter of Pacific Junction, 62-year-old Dennis Chaney of Glenwood and 48-year-old Jay Bock of Omaha.
The four men were on their way back from a bike rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, when Schlichtemeier crossed the center lane in a construction zone on Interstate 29 near the Little Sioux exit and hit the four motorcyclists.
Before the accident, a 911 call was made describing Schlichtemeier at a gas station purchasing alcohol in Missouri Valley. The Iowa State Patrol said he had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit when the crash occurred.
Joel McCall, KNOD, Harlan