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Man, 80, enters plea deal in Sonoma hit-and-run death

An 80-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man suspected in the hit-and-run death of a disabled man in a crosswalk entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors Tuesday carrying a maximum six-year prison term.

Joe Bick Kwai Lee pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in the Nov. 7 death of Alvin Hesse, 93, of Sonoma.

Hesse was struck as he crossed Fifth Street West on a motorized scooter. Lee, who was driving on a suspended license, fled but was arrested a short time later.

He was originally charged with felony hit-and-run driving and the misdemeanor license violation in addition to manslaughter. He faced up to 11 years in prison if convicted of all counts.

But prosecutors agreed to drop two charges in exchange for his plea. He could get anything from probation to six years in prison at his May 23 sentencing.


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