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New Haven man pleads guilty in June fatal

October 3, 2018
A New Haven man could spend eight years in prison for driving drunk and causing a June accident that left a woman dead.   Jeremy Hoerger, 30, was charged in July with reckless homicide and driving while intoxicated causing death in the June 29 wreck that killed Juliet Ann Taylor Schnebelt. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.   Investigators said Hoerger’s blood alcohol content was 0.27 percent : more than three times the legal limit : at the time of the crash, southwest of Harlan.   He was driving a 1996 Chevy Blazer around 10 p.m. in the 11000 block of Cuba Road when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, struck a sign and slammed into a tree on the passenger side, according to a probable cause affidavit. The vehicle caught fire and Schnebelt, a passenger in the Blazer, was killed.   A plea agreement calls for Hoerger to be sentenced to 14 years in prison, with six years suspended. He also would spend four years on probation, according to the agreement.   A sentencing hearing is scheduled Oct. 26.   For more on this story, see Thursday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Thursday.   mleblanc@jg.net
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