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Man Pleads Guilty to 2011 Vehicular Homicide

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A guilty plea has been entered for a driver charged in a 2011 vehicular homicide involving the death of a two-day-old infant in Savannah.

The Chatham County District Attorney's Office say 34-year-old Franklin Leonard James was driving a rented Toyota Camry and 22-year-old Rashamel Marquise Lewis was in the passenger seat as the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officers tailed them on May 7, 2011 and witnessed James run a red light and speed through the intersection of Abercorn Street and Apache Avenue.

James struck a 76-year-old man on a motorcycle and at the corner of Mohawk Street and Apache Avenue, slammed into a car carrying 5 people, including a 7-month pregnant woman, said District Attorney Frank Penninghton II of the Major Crimes Division. 

Metro Police caught James and Lewis after a foot chase in a nearby neighborhood.

Most of the crash victims were treated for nonlife threatening injuries, but doctors were forced to perform an emergency C-Section on the pregnant woman whose baby died two days later.

On October 11th, James pleaded guilty to multiple charges including: vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, reckless driving, driving without a license, and failure to stop at a red light. A Chatham County judge sentenced him to 20 years, with 13 to serve and seven years of probation.

Lewis, James's co]defendant in this case, pleaded guilty in February of 2013.

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