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Erdmann guilty in deadly hit & run

A 20-year-old Poy Sippi man admitted that he hit a bicyclist and drove off, last November, on Appleton's east side.

James Erdmann, Jr. told an Outagamie County judge that by the time he realized 60-year-old Robert Joosten of Little Chute was there, he was gone. Erdmann pleaded no contest this morning to a charge of hit-and-run, causing death.

Judge Mark McGinnis found him guilty, but not before asking Erdmann what happened in the early morning of November 9. Erdmann says he was scared, and he didn't stop, because he didn't have a license. He says he was more concerned about what would happen to him than Joosten.

District Attorney Carrie Schneider says it was the first time Joosten's family got to hear Erdmann's explanation.

Schneider says she won't ask for more than eight to 11 years in prison, as part of a plea deal.

Investigators released pictures of a suspect, and the truck that was involved, and Erdmann was arrested about a month after the crash. Joosten was riding on E. Wisconsin Avenue on his way home from work.

posted : September, 4th by WHBY

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