Driver pleads guilty to killing pedestrian in Casper last year

Apr 25, 2012 The Associated Press

CASPER (AP) -- A man who crashed into and killed a teenager standing on a downtown Casper sidewalk has pleaded guilty.

Scott Allen Coleman originally pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness in the death of 18-year-old Jeremy Webb last May.

But on Tuesday he pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and property destruction under a deal with prosecutors.

The deal calls for Coleman to serve up to 13 years in prison.

He could have faced up to 40 years if he had been convicted by a jury.

Coleman was driving erratically before the crash. A state trooper tried stopping him.

Authorities say Coleman told them he thought he was getting a police escort.

Judge Thomas Sullins will determine how much restitution Coleman should pay when he's sentenced.

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