A former Lincoln bus driver pleaded guilty to third degree assault Thursday. The charge is a misdemeanor. Fischer is accused of beating a passenger on his StarTran bus. The assault was caught on the bus surveillance video, and as a result, he lost his job.
The 43-year-old, who was to return for a bench trial next week, entered his plea in Lancaster County Court.
On March 23, Fischer picked up a passenger new to Lincoln near 25th & O Streets. Prosecutors say Fischer became frustrated with him when he asked many questions and was unclear on where he wanted to go.
The surveillance video shows Fischer shouting at the passenger, and then punching him. It also shows Fischer dragging the passenger off the bus.
Fischer is scheduled to be sentenced September 18.