From 2021: Alleged drunk suspect hits and kills Pinellas’ deputy
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Deputy Michael Magli was hit by a suspect who was driving recklessly. Magli had deployed arresting sticks to stop the suspect’s vehicle.
CLEARWATER, Florida. – It was 18 months ago when Pinellas County Deputy Michael Magli lost his life trying to stop a suspected drunk driver. Now, the man accused of killing him is expected to change his not-guilty plea in court.
Deputy Magli’s death was the first-ever death in the line of duty for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. It was a difficult loss not only for his family, but for the community.
On Friday, the man MPs say responsible for cutting Magli’s life short, Robert Holzaepfel, is expected to change his plea and admit guilt. At the time of his arrest last February, he was 33 years old and had 16 previous felony convictions.
Reservation Image Robert Holzaepfel
On Feb. 17, 2021, Holzaepfel was driving while intoxicated, officials said. His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. He was trying to evade Pinellas County deputies when he punched and killed Deputy Magli. Magli was deploying arresting sticks at the time to try and stop Holzaepfel’s truck.
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The deputy was only 30 at the time and had worked in the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. While on the force, Sheriff Bob Gualteri said Magli made a difference.
Robert Holzaepfel is charged with third degree murder, impaired driving manslaughter, driving with a suspended license and flight from police. He initially pleaded not guilty to those charges which would have led to a jury trial in the coming weeks.
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Tuesday is a dark day for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as they bid farewell to one of their own. Deputy Michael Magli, a 30-year-old husband and father of two, was laid to rest days after he was killed in the line of duty.
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But since he is expected to change his guilty plea on Friday, that jury trial was overturned. The hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
. man Bradenton accused of having killed the deputy Pinellas should change his plea guilty