A 53-year-old Sugar Camp man accused in the hit-and- run death of a 23-year-old Eagle River motorcyclist will be back in Oneida County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m.

Jeffrey M. Liebscher has been charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit and run-involving death. Both are felonies. 

Liebscher is alleged to have caused the death of Sean Holtsander Aug. 28, 2019, in connection with the accident on Highway 17 in the town of Sugar Camp. Liebscher is free on a $1,500 cash bond set by Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom, who later recused himself from the case, now being handled by Judge Patrick O’Melia. 

If convicted of both charges filed against him, Liebscher faces up to 35 years in prison and $125,000 in fines. Liebscher pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Nov. 11, 2019. He is being represented by attorney Gary Cirilli.

Meanwhile, the attorney for Liebscher’s brother, Brian Liebscher, 55, of Three Lakes, charged with obstructing an officer in the hit-and-run case, has filed a motion to dismiss the misdemeanor charge. The state alleges that Brian Liebscher misled investigators looking for his brother following the accident.

In the motion, Brian Liebscher’s attorney, Ben Luca¬≠reli, argues the state has not offered probable cause Brian Liebscher obstructed an officer. He is free on a $500 signature bond.

According to the complaint, Oneida County detectives investigating the death of Holtslander said they learned that Jeffrey Liebscher had contacted Brian Liebscher right after the fatal accident and that Brian Liebscher eventually drove his brother to a residence in Three Lakes. Jeffrey Liebscher called 911 to report where he was at 5:49 a.m. on Aug. 29, according to the complaint.

A hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled for Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

If convicted of the Class A misdemeanor charge, Brian Liebscher faces a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to nine months, or both.