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Man sentenced for leaving accident

July 07, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in which his passenger was seriously injured was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six months to two years in state prison.

Jarell Stanley Cherry, 23, no fixed address, pleaded guilty May 10 to causing an accident involving death or personal injury for the Aug. 17, 2005, accident at the intersection of Pa. 696 and Two Turn Road, according to court records.

Pennsylvania State Police said Cherry was driving a 1991 Subaru Legacy that turned into the path of another vehicle. After the collision, police said Cherry got into a maroon sport utility vehicle driven by a woman and left the scene, also leaving behind passenger Lennie Hines of New York City.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that Hines was taken to York (Pa.) Hospital for treatment of broken ribs, a punctured lung and bruises to his brain, liver and kidneys. The driver of the other vehicle was unhurt, police said.

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In addition to the prison sentence, Judge John R. Walker ordered Cherry to pay $82,214.41 in restitution for Hines' medical bills, but noted Cherry had almost no work history.

"Obviously, Mr. Cherry has an aversion to work," Walker said.

The judge questioned whether Cherry would be able to pay the restitution, fines and fees in the case.

Cherry's attorney said her client is unable to work because of previous injuries, including a gunshot wound.

Walker said he was sending Cherry to state prison because county prison space is "primarily for work release eligible inmates." His sentencing order called for Cherry to enroll in vocation training in prison.

"Mr. Cherry, it's time you start contributing to society," he said.

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