Full story at velonews.com.
Martin Erzinger was sentenced to a year’s probation and a suspended jail term on Thursday after a Colorado judge accepted a controversial plea bargain in the case of a cyclist who was the victim of a hit-and-run last July.
Erzinger, a Denver-area wealth manager, originally had been charged with a felony and two misdemeanors. But Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert forwarded a plea agreement to drop the felony charge [link broken in original] in exchange for guilty pleas to the misdemeanors — careless driving and failure to report an accident — noting that “felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession.”
On Thursday, District Judge Fred Gannett told the victim, New York anesthesiologist Dr. Steven Milo, that the plea bargain was perhaps one that he might not have made, but was not outside the realm of what he considered to be reasonable.
The court found the agreement reasonable, and that is the extent of their discretion in such matters.
I am not so convinced as many of my cycling contemporaries that this was the raw deal it has been painted to be. I will attempt to get my thoughts organized on the matter and put something to paper. I began working on a draft of this idea a few weeks ago, during the build up to my final exams. As you may imagine, it was put on the back burner to simmer awhile while I attended to more pressing matters.
This sorted tale rings deep within me, for obvious reasons.by