Hurlbert stands by plea bargain
EAGLE COUNTY – District Attorney Mark Hurlbert is taking some heat for his decision to charge hit-and-run suspect Martin Erzinger with two misdemeanors rather than a felony.Hurlbert has received over 1,000 e-mails since news broke last week that he offered the plea bargain to Erzinger for in Edwards.
There’s also an online petition with more than 6,000 signatures being circulated to tell Hurlbert to keep the felony charge against Erzinger, and the case is receiving national media attention from shows like CBS’s “Inside Edition.”Milo and his attorney, Harold Haddon, had asked that Erzinger plead to a felony with a deferred judgment, Hurlbert said.With that, Erzinger would plead guilty to a felony, and as long as he met the conditions it would drop off his record in two to four years.”They felt this was the best way for Mr. Erzinger to acknowledge the crime,” Hurlbert said.Hurlbert disagrees, pointing out that Erzinger was not found to be using alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, and that he has no criminal record.
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