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Brett Hartley

WAUKESHA COUNTY — 20-year-old Brett Hartley of South Milwaukee pleaded not guilty in a Waukesha County courtroom on Friday, July 31st to two counts of second-degree reckless homicide. This, in connection with a crash that killed two bicyclists near Muskego at the beginning of June. Hartley entered the plea after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

The criminal complaint states Hartley told officers he had been hanging out with friends in Richfield — and did not sleep before leaving the home at 5 a.m. The complaint says there had been alcohol at the gathering, but witnesses did not see Hartley with a drink after midnight. The crash happened 90 minutes after Hartley and two passengers left the home.

A blood test revealed Hartley did have alcohol in his system.

The two victims in this case were 45-year-old Paul Brown of Franklin and 54-year-old Anthony Oliver of Oak Creek.

Paul Brown and Tony Oliver

Paul Brown and Tony Oliver

Hartley was bound over for trial on Friday. If convicted on the charges, Hartley faces up to 50 years in prison.


  • Anon

    Brett Fatley killed two men because he recklessly chose to indulge himself and endanger the lives of others. Now, rather than showing any remorse for KILLING TWO MEN, he refuses take responsibility for his actions. Nothing can bring back his victims, but at least the public can be protected from future harm by this disgusting sociopath. Give him the full 50 years.

  • Anon

    It wasn’t enough for Brett Hartley to drink underage, stay up all night, get in the car, keep driving while repeatedly falling asleep at the wheel, and very violently kill two men. Now he intends to cause more pain and further traumatize his victims’ families and the witnesses to his horrific crime by having a trial.

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