Source: Peter Rauch appears before parole board

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — NewsChannel 9 has learned that Peter Rauch, who is nearing the end of his minimum sentence of two years in state prison, faced a parole board on Tuesday.

The former investigator for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office was driving drunk in March 2017 when he hit and killed 18-year-old Seth Collier on North Salina Street, near the Pastime Athletic Club, and then left the scene.

Rauch was sentenced in November 2017 to two to six years after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the parole board has up to two weeks to make a decision whether to release Rauch or keep him behind bars.

Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes, who served as special prosecutor in the Rauch case, wrote a letter to the parole board, which he shared with NewsChannel 9, asking that Rauch remain in prison. 

“Rauch’s release at this time would be an insult to Seth’s memory and would further undermine the family’s trust in the criminal justice system. Peter Rauch is entirely responsible for his own imprisonment.”

Collier’s mother, Lisa Collier, has also encouraged the community to write letters opposing Rauch’s release and posted on Facebook Wednesday morning, saying she still had no information about what happened at Tuesday’s hearing.


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