LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Trisha Stratman, the former La Crosse County Sheriff's Deputy accused of driving recklessly through a red light and killing a Holmen high school teen, appealed her dismissal from the department Thursday.
She and her lawyer appealed the firing in a closed hearing before La Crosse County Administrator Steve O'Malley Thursday morning.
O'Malley now has 15 days to decide on the outcome of the hearing, and told Stratman and her attorney afterwards he intends to use all 15 days en-route to reaching a decision.
Stratman was involved in a car crash in July, 2010 as she responded to a call. Her squad car collided with a vehicle driven by 16-year-old Brandon Jennings. She was criminally charged in January with Homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Last month, Stratman was fired from the department following an internal investigation into the wreck.
The criminal complaint against Stratman alleges she was driving her squad car at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour prior to driving through the red light at the intersection where the fatal crash occurred.
Stratman is scheduled to stand trial in November. The trial may be delayed or moved depending on whether a judge agrees with her attorney's change of venue motion citing "inflammatory media coverage" of the case.