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Judge Sentences Driver To 90 Days In Hit-And-Run Death


A judge in Deschutes County has sentenced a Les Schwab Tire Centers executive to 90 days in jail for his role in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 48-year old father of three.

Bret Biedscheid had been facing up to three years in prison for the death of Anthony Martin.   But he made a deal in which he agreed to plead guilty to one count of failure to perform the duties of a driver, in exchange for prosecutors dropping the charge of criminally negligent homicide. 

Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty says he agreed to that because the case lacked the evidence needed to prove criminal negligence. 

He says the grand jury declined to indict Biedscheid on the charge of driving while intoxicated even though witnesses placed him at a bar before the crash. 

In court, Martin’s family pleaded with the judge to impose the maximum sentence — 16 to 18 months.  Instead he’ll serve 90 days plus 500 hours of community service. 

Separately, Biedscheid and the Martins have agreed to settle a civil case in the matter for the sum of $525,000.