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Plea deal sought in hit-and-run case

A plea deal is in the works for a Lawrence man charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident.

September 24, 2008

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A plea deal is in the works for a Lawrence man charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Jake Deckert, 22, was back in Douglas County District Court, where his attorney on Tuesday asked the judge to set a plea hearing in the case.

Deckert faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and failing to yield the right of way.

The charges stem from a May 4 crash at West Sixth Street and Gateway Drive, just west of Lawrence Avenue, that killed Thomas Crum, 60. Police located Deckert the next day.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson would not comment on the details of the proposed plea deal.

Judge Robert Fairchild set a hearing date for Tuesday.

Comments

ksuone1 5 years, 3 months ago

Don't forget Thomas Crum was drunk as well with a toxic level over the .08

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bndairdundat 5 years, 6 months ago

Of course the District Attorney won't comment. They are preparing a slap on the wrist for the 22 year old who took the life from a man, a father, a son, a friend. He will walk away without a record that will affect future job applications or other of life's journeys, after taking all that away from Tom. Look at the bright side, he gets a second chance (or is this his third). To what? Kill again? I can't help wondering if this was a black or hispanic 22 year old non-student from east Lawrence (or Topeka, heaven forbid!) with similar police record if he would be getting the same consideration. Other recent cases would indicate that having "University student" tacked onto his name would indicate not likely. I'm thinking that along with the slap on the wrist, maybe Judge Fairchild should require that a picture of Mr. Crum should be framed and sit on Jakes desk until his 60th birthday.

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