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FILE: O'Malley upholds Stratman firing


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse County Administrator Steve O'Malley upholds the firing of La Crosse County Sheriff's Deputy Trisha Stratman.

O'Malley released his ruling Friday at noon to the media.  In that release, O'Malley based his decision on evidence presented to him during a hearing September 1st requested by Stratman to appeal her firing from the department.

Stratman was fired in August following an investigation into a crash she was involved in that crashed a Holmen teen in July, 2010.

She was responding to a call with emergency lights flashing when she collided with a car at the intersection of County Highway OT and Hwy. 35.  The investigation showed that Stratman was driving at speeds reaching 100 miles an hour just before the crash.

The driver of the other car, Brandon Jennings, was killed.

Stratman is now facing charges of Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle.  Her trial is set for early November.

With O'Malley's ruling, Stratman has 10 days from September 23 in which to appeal this decision.



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