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November 21, 2013

Guilty plea in double fatal crash


Tonawanda News — Lederhouse’s defense attorney, Joel Daniels, said his client has been taking Xanex, and at least 10 other prescription medications, for 20 years. He said Lederhouse suffers from “multiple medical issues” including Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes and water on his brain.

“We believe he had a mini-stroke (at the time of the crash,” Daniels said. “He has no recollection of the events. It was a terrible tragedy.”

Kloch told Lederhouse his pleas could net him a prison sentence of up to four years on each count. 

“I don’t know what he’s going to do in regard to sentence,” Daniels said.

The judge said he would review a pre-sentence report, along with medical evidence submitted by Daniels and any comments from the victims’ families, before deciding.

“If I find that I have to incarcerate you, I will allow you to withdraw your plea and proceed to trial,” Kloch told Lederhouse.

Caldwell indicated in court, that prosecutors were prepared to recommend a sentence of probation, based on the circumstances and evidence in the case. The prosecutor said Zauner’s family approved of a probation sentence, but World’s family wants a jail term.

“We have met with the families to discuss the plea and probation recommendations,” she said.

Lederhouse is currently free on his own recognizance. Daniels said his client’s driver’s license has been suspended and he is not driving.

“He has no intention of ever driving again,” Daniels said.

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