The defense for Drew Bucholtz withdrew its insanity plea on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and and told a judge that negotiations over a plea bargain are ongoing.
Bucholtz, 23, was charged last July in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree homicide, intimidation of a witness and misdemeanor theft after allegedly stabbing ex-girlfriend Miranda Hager in the throat outside the Marriot Hotel in Pewaukee.
Bucholtz fled following the incident, according to the criminal complaint, but was arrested two days later at a Milwaukee apartment. Hager and her family were in attendance at Bucholtz’s hearing, presided over by Judge Lloyd Carter.
Defense attorney Paul Bucher said that a psychological examination requested in September did not support an insanity plea. Bucholtz has entered a new plea of not guilty.
A jury trial has been scheduled for April 15, but Bucher told the judge that a plea bargain was possible. He said that he was in discussion with Assistant District Attorney Pablo Galaviz about Bucholtz pleading guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree reckless injury.
“We are sort of at the end of those discussions and the government has made their position clear in this case,” Bucher told the judge.
First-degree reckless injury is a class D felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. Attempted first-degree homicide carries a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.
Bucholtz is being held in Waukesha County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.