Judge wants more info before sentencing

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Ted Sullivan
March 1, 2011
— A Rock County judge said Monday he wants to know whether the Janesville motorcyclist convicted of first-degree reckless homicide fired one or two shots, indicating the information is important when he considers sentencing.

Judge Kenneth Forbeck said he wants copies of police reports and witness statements before James Humphrey, 45, Janesville, is sentenced Friday, April 29.

Humphrey pleaded guilty in the June 4 fatal shooting of Sam Aegerter, 30, Janesville. Humphrey was riding a motorcycle near Five Points intersection when he is suspected of having a confrontation with Aegerter, who was in a Jeep.

Humphrey pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement. Two felony charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety were dismissed.

The Rock County District Attorney's Office will recommend Humphrey be sentenced to 20 years in prison and 20 years extended supervision.

Forbeck said he does not have to accept that recommendation. The maximum penalty Humphrey faces is 65 years in prison.

Aegerter's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Humphrey, accusing him of being responsible and liable for Sam Aegerter's death.

Humphrey remains in the Rock County Jail pending his sentencing.

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