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Former deputy charged with homicide appeals firing

La Crosse County sheriff's deputy Trisha Stratman (left) leaves the courtroom Feb. 14 after making her initial appearance on the charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle in the death of Brandon Jennings. Stratman is appealing her firing. (AP File Photo/La Crosse Tribune, Erik Daily)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A former La Crosse County sheriff’s deputy charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle is appealing her termination.

Trisha Stratman’s attorney and a lawyer for the sheriff will argue the case before a county administrator Thursday. The 33-year-old former deputy was charged in January after investigators say she sped through a red light with her squad car and collided with another car, killing Holmen High School student Brandon Jennings of Onalaska. Stratman was responding to an emergency call with the squad’s lights and siren activated.

She was fired by Sheriff Steve Helgeson on Aug. 10 following an internal investigation.

The La Crosse Tribune says the administrator has 15 days to make a decision on Stratman’s termination.

Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com

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