- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York man who was shot by an Ulster County sheriff’s deputy following a high-speed chase last year has admitted to stealing a car.

Brandon Rifenburg, of Shandaken, pleaded guilty Monday to grand larceny and fleeing police. He faces up to four years in state prison.

The 21-year-old admitted that he stole a car in April 2014 and led police on a high-speed chase before spike strips caused his car to veer off the road.

Rifenburg says he was surrendering with a cellphone in his hand when he was shot by deputy David Hughes. A grand jury cleared Hughes of wrongdoing.

Defense attorney Anthony Cillis says lawyers will move forward with a civil rights lawsuit after Rifenburg is sentenced.

Rifenburg will be sentenced on Aug. 17.


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