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Guilty Plea for Man Charged with Deadly Accident


One of two men involved in a May, 2011 chase and subsequent wreck that resulted in the death of a baby pleaded guilty today to only four counts of a 25 count indictment.

  Rashamel Lewis had faced a vehicular homicide charge along with a number of other charges related to fleeing and the subsequent wrecks. 

  Officers had been following the car in unmarked vehicles when they say the driver - Franklin James - took off from a red light and ran through two stop signs - hitting several other vehicles and a moped.  A passenger in one of the other cars was about 7 months pregnant. 

  Her baby had to be delivered early and died a short time later.

  Lewis was a passenger in the car and prosecutors agreed not to prosecute him on the driving related charges in exchange for his guilty plea on three drug possession charges and a criminal trespass charge related to his attempt to escape the wreck on foot.

  Lewis has agreed, if necessary, to testify against the other defendant in the case - Franklin James. James was offered a plea deal on Monday, but his attorney is taking some time to study it..  A plea hearing is set in his case for Friday.  Lewis has been incarcerated since May 2011. 

  As part of the plea deal - he will walk out of jail today with credit for time served, but will spend a little over 8 years on probation.

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