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Brandon man who allegedly struck and killed a Steen, Minnesota bicyclist in court

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The man accused of hitting and killing a mother riding her bike with her kids near Steen, Minnesota, was in court Wednesday.

The judge advised 25-year-old Christopher Weber of his rights and set his bond at either an unconditional $50,000 bond or a conditional bond of $20,000.

The Rock County assistant attorney says the conditions to stay in the area and not operate a commercial vehicle while using a cell phone, make the bail appropriate in this case.

Weber is a man in uniform, a member of the South Dakota National Guard.

But Wednesday, when officers brought him  into the court room, he was wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Several friends and family members of the woman he allegedly killed wiped away tears, as everyone waited for this day in court to begin.

It was at the Rock County courthouse where 25-year-old Christopher Weber faced a judge for allegedly killing a woman on her bike.

Rock County assistant attorney Jeff Haubrich said "the seriousness if this really can't be overstated. There's two families at least, very expanded families whose lives are forever changed by what happened here."

Haubrich said Weber was allegedly distracted while driving down Minnesota Highway 270 when he struck Andrea Boeve. The mother of two was pulling her two young daughters in a cycling trailer when she was killed.

"What he indicated to the patrol officer that he was doing telephonic banking," Haubrich said.

Friends and family of both Boeve and Weber were in court Wednesday.

South Dakota National Guard Chaplain David Stimes said "as a chaplain for Sgt. Weber and for the South Dakota Guard, I'm just here to support him, but I'm also praying for the family. And as a pastor, my heart and my prayers, and that of our church go out to them, most of all those kids."

"It's a tragic event. It's by all accounts, a guy who's had no involvement with the legal system. He's he's a guardsman. He's been deployed. Up until two days ago, not a blemish on his record and this is going to stick with him forever," Haubrich said.

And could possibly spend ten years in jail. This case just shows how serious it is for all of us to put down our phones while driving.

"There's no way to ever get that back. There's two little girls that are never going to have their mom. It's just a horrific deal," Haubrich said.

Weber's next day in court is July 14th when he'll appear with an attorney.

He asked for a public defender but he also asked the judge if he could later change his mind and ask for a private attorney. The judge said that would be his right.
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