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Man pleads guilty in 2010 Spanaway crash

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2011 at 7:38 am |
November 9, 2011 7:38 am

A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to causing a wreck that killed his passenger last year in Spanaway.

Leroy E. Johnson faces two years, seven months to three years, five years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 9.

Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of vehicular homicide for the Aug. 7, 2010, crash that killed 21-year-old Samuel Rees Powell.

Prosecutors alleged Johnson’s car ran a red light at the intersection of 224th Street East and 46th Avenue East. The car struck a minivan.

Powell, who was not buckled in, was thrown through the windshield of Powell’s car and died, court records state.

Investigators found an open case of beer in Johnson’s car and empty beer cans on the floorboards.

Johnson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.10. The legal limit for drivers in Washington is 0.08.

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