Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Former DPS Superintendent Takes Plea Deal

A former Dorchester Public School superintendent who was accused last year of threatening to kill his wife by driving into an oncoming semi and choking her took a plea deal Wednesday in Hall County District Court.  That's according to the Hastings Tribune.

Brian Redinger, 45, of Hastings, pleaded no contest to third-degree domestic assault and reckless driving.  Instead of facing 20 years in prison, he is most likely to receive between a couple months to a maximum 15 months.

Redinger had been superintendent of Shelton Public Schools at the time of the incident.

From 2008 through 2011, Redinger served as Dorchester's superintendent.  Prior to that, he served as principal of DPS.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped charges of terroristic threats, strangulation and attempted first-degree assault, which is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Third-degree domestic assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.  Reckless driving is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.

Hall County District Judge John Marsh ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and scheduled Redinger’s sentencing for June 8 at 10 a.m.

The Hastings newspaper reports that "according to the arrest affidavit, Redinger was driving with his wife, Kelleene, in rural Hall County when he threatened to kill her on April 10, 2016.  Kelleene told police that Redinger told her to pick a color and he was going to drive in front of a semi of that color to kill them.

"Kelleene was scared and turned the vehicle off. Brian then allegedly put his hand around the back side of her head and started hitting her head against the dash. Then she said he started to choke her.

"Kelleene was able to get out of the vehicle and Brian continued driving. She said he turned around and started driving toward her at a high rate of speed, but she jumped off the side of the road so he didn’t hit her.  She then flagged down a truck driver who took her to a truck stop, where she called police."

Due to the sensitive nature of this story, and out of respect for the Redinger children who attended DPS, comments on this story will not be published by the Times.

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