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FILE: Report on Stratman Firing Released


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The report detailing the La Crosse County Sheriff's rationale for firing former Deputy Trisha Stratman has been released.

Stratman was relieved of her duties at the Sheriff's Department in August.

Her squad car collided with a vehicle driven by 16-year old Brandon Jennings in July of 2010 when she was responding to an emergency call.

Jennings was killed in the crash, but Stratman was acquitted of a negligent homicide charge by a La Crosse County Jury in November.

Following her firing, Stratman appealed to the County Administrator -- but he ruled that she had been rightly dismissed.

In the report given by the Sheriff Steve Helgeson, he writes, "I could not ignore the fact that as a result of your misconduct, a young boy lost his life."

Stratman has now appealed the county's decision to uphold her firing, and the case will now be reviewed by Wisconsin's Employment Relations Commission.

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