Wrong-way driver not guilty of attempted capital murder
The Crozet man who first gained notoriety for being Tased while handcuffed and fleeing police custody at a UVA-Virginia Tech game last year and then for driving the wrong way down Interstate 64 this summer has been found not guilty of attempted capital murder.
Michael Hogberg, 26, pleaded guilty November 30 to three felonies related to driving under the influence for the third time and eluding police, but pleaded not guilty to attempted capital murder when he drove toward Virginia State Trooper Kevin Frazier at about 75mph on June 20 and didn't swerve.
His attorney, David Heilberg, made a motion to strike the attempted capital murder charge, arguing that Hogberg was too drunk to have the intent to kill the trooper coming toward him.
Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins continued the case, and found Hogberg not guilty of the capital charge December 7, reasoning that Hogberg maintaining the same speed was not enough to constitute intent. He faces sentencing on the three other felonies, which carry penalties of up to 15 years.