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Bayfield man to be sentenced injuring pedestrian in Duluth

DULUTH - A Bayfield man will be sentenced October 25th, after he pleaded guilty to injuring a pedestrian in Duluth while driving around vehicles stopped at a red light.

29-year-old Robert Buehlman entered his pleas this week in Duluth's District Court to four of the five charges against him. A count of hit-and-run was dropped - and Buehlman was convicted of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm, driving through a red light, driving after his license was suspended, and not having auto insurance. A judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Prosecutor Jessica Smith said she would ask for a penalty that's longer than Minnesota's sentencing guidelines. She said it was because Buehlman was cruel in his treatment of the victim. His car struck 33-year-old Ashen-Shugar-Aren Diehl while she and her nine-year-old daughter were walking on August 13th. Buehlman then drove to a lot and fled on foot - and he was arrested a short time later on the Lake-walk in Duluth. Diehl was critically injured. Her daughter escaped injury.

The man said he was not familiar with the area, and his brakes failed when he tried to stop at the light. Buehlman said he walked up to the injured woman, but he admitted that failed to seek help for her. Wisconsin court records showed that Buehlman pleaded no contest in June for driving after his license was revoked.