2 Charged in Forada Firefighter Death Appear in Court

May 21, 2018 03:30 PM

The video above aired May 15.

Two men charged with manslaughter and assault following the death of a Forada firefighter appeared in court Monday in Douglas County.


According to authorities, 46-year-old Steven William Hlinsky, a Forada firefighter, died from injuries he sustained after an alleged assault outside the Muddy Foot Bar May 5.

Authorities said Hlinksy had suffered a detached retina, bleeding on the inside and outside of his brain, a fractured orbital socket, a broken nose, a temple fracture and a skull fracture near his forehead area.

Troy Traut and Jacob Larson were charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter and two counts of fifth-degree assault following the incident.

RELATED: 2 Charged in Forada Firefighter Death

According to surveillance video reviewed by authorities, Hlinsky was seen escorting a man outside the bar via the main door just before the alleged assault May 5.

As the door opened, the man was reportedly seen putting Hlinsky into a headlock while another man allegedly grabbed his arm.

Then, surveillance video reportedly showed drivers of a pickup truck and another vehicle quickly leaving the scene.

RELATED: Search Warrant Application Provides Details on What Authorities Believe Happened in Douglas County Assault

Roughly 600 people gathered for the funeral of Hlinsky, a longtime farmer, firefighter, and father of two children.

Both Traut and Larson's cases will be handled separately. Their bond was posted at $250,000, each.

RELATED: Family, Friends Remember Forada Firefighter who Died after Apparent Assault


Rebecca Omastiak

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