September 2, 2014

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Driver, 21, gets prison for man’s death

MEDINA — A 21-year-old West Virginia man will spend four years in prison for causing a crash in a stolen vehicle that led to a man’s death.

Andrew Lester

Andrew J. Lester, of Crab Orchard, pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; vehicular homicide, a fourth-degree felony; two counts of failure to stop after an accident, third- and fifth-degree felonies; and two counts of receiving stolen property, fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.

Lester was accused of fleeing from police with his teenaged girlfriend after hitting 36-year-old motorcyclist Michael Newman, of Lodi, with a stolen Ford pickup in Medina in August 2012.

Prosecutors said Newman was released from the hospital but died of the injuries in October 2012.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier also suspended Lester’s driver’s license for five years.

He could have sentenced Lester to more than 11 years in prison.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.