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Man Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail for Fatal Hit-and-Run

Posted July 3, 2007

— A local man was sentenced to 15 days in jail Monday after pleading guilty to a hit-and-run last year that killed a 10-year-old boy, authorities said.

Jerry Lamons Jr., 27, of 2226 Progress St., pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, driving with a revoked license, reckless driving and unsafe passing, authorities said.

Lamons was driving his friend's car without a license on March 31, 2006, when he hit two boys as they crossed Ireland Drive.

Jameel Short, 10, died from his injuries, and 11-year-old Tevin Whitted suffered a broken leg.

Lamons tried to pass two slower vehicles in a no-passing zone and hit the boys, authorities said. He told police he thought he hit something but drove home, washed the car and tried to hammer out the dents.

Lamons' friend noticed the damage to his car and turned Lamons in to police.

As part of a plea agreement, Superior Court Judge Lynn Johnson sentenced Lamons to 19 to 23 months in prison, suspended to 15 days behind bars, and placed him on probation. Lamons also was ordered to pay $6,605 in restitution and perform 50 hours of community service.


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  • princess0375 Jul 5, 2007

    Something it seems that nobody is mentioning....where are the police? In an earlier story the judge also sentenced a man to 15 days for killing a taxi driver. This man was going 40+ miles over the speed limit! The street he was travelling on is right next to 4 schools! And there is a police station on Santa Fe Dr. I never, ever see the police running radar, especially when all the schools are releasing our children for the day! It infuriates me that my tax dollars are paying a police department to protect us and the only time I see them in the area is during shift change. We need protection from people who value their time more than the lives of innocent victims! Please, Please, Please SLOW DOWN!

  • nowon_yuno Jul 5, 2007

    15 days? He got a big break! No more whining from "the community" about the justice system and the man being unfair, this guy basically walked.

  • Jokers Wild Jul 4, 2007

    Chalk up another win for the bad guy's...When will we ever stick together as voting American's and get rid of problems like this??

  • jewel08 Jul 4, 2007

    i am absolutely shocked and outraged at this ridiculous disregard of loss of life of a young person and the suffering of another. This is why our country is so very messed up. Our judicial system is out of whack. We need solutions to this outrageous sentencing.

  • faith trust and pixie dust Jul 3, 2007

    This is rediculous!!! I cannot belive that the judge put a price of 15 days for the life of this young child!! Completely uncalled for...All I can do is shake my head in aw!

  • diwanicki Jul 3, 2007

    someone fell and bumped his head. This is very disturbing

  • christinathefern Jul 3, 2007

    So if I hit someone with my car while driving with a current, valid license and driving in a proper manner, I should be able to go home that night right?
    This man shouldn't have been on the road and shouldn't have been passing illegally. If he had stayed home, OR waiting until he could pass, this boy would still be alive..
    That judge needs his head examined...you get more jail time for beating your dogs.

  • Xscout577 Jul 3, 2007

    That's just plain WRONG!
    Jerry Lamons Jr., 27, of 2226 Progress St., pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, driving with a revoked license, reckless driving and unsafe passing, authorities said.

    He ran over 2 kids, one of them died because of his ... ignorance & stupidity, and he gets 15 days???? My God, have people just plain lost their sense of reality????

    For some strange reason, I don't think this is over yet...

  • Refiman2 Jul 3, 2007

    were the defendant and the judge, cousins, lovers, or something else?????

  • Refiman2 Jul 3, 2007

    the judge that sentenced him needs to be sentenced to a couple of years for giving such a ridiculously light sentence. Should have been charged with at least second degree murder, since he was driving on a suspended license.