Low admits guilt in 2003 killing | ParkRecord.com

Low admits guilt in 2003 killing

Erik Low pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge Monday afternoon in the shooting death of Michael Hirschey, a turnabout in a case that appears to be approaching a conclusion 5 1/2 years after the killing.

Judge Bruce Lubeck set Low’s sentencing for 11 a.m. on Jan. 12. Prosecutors and Low’s attorney, Ken Brown, will recommend a sentence. Lubeck is not required to heed the recommendation. If Lubeck does not accept the recommendation, Low can withdraw his guilty plea. The case would then proceed against Low, 40, and a preliminary hearing would be scheduled to determine if there is enough evidence for Low to stand trial.

Brown and Summit County Attorney David Brickey have negotiated a sentencing recommendation that would release Low from prison. It awaits the judge’s approval.

Low has been imprisoned most of the time since the May 8, 2003 shooting.

A manslaughter conviction carries a potential prison sentence of between 1 and 15 years, with another 1 to 5 years possible in the Low case because it involved a weapon.

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