James Krewson, 78, of St. James, placed on five years' supervised probation
A St. James man who pleaded guilty Monday to striking and killing a jogger with his vehicle and then leaving the scene of the accident last year in Phelps County will get five years of supervised probation.
James W. Krewson, 78, pleaded guilty to the charges of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident in front of 25th Circuit Court Judge D. Gregory Warren at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
The case was tried in Pulaski County on a change of venue.
The charges were filed against Krewson as the result of striking Lisa Persicke, 44, of St. James, on the North Outer Road near St. James on Aug. 19, 2012. Persicke died later that day as the result of injuries received in the accident.
The St. James Police Department handled the investigation, which resulted in Krewson’s arrest later that day.
While entering his guilty plea, Krewson didn’t explain why he failed to see Persicke who was jogging on the edge of the road.
Krewson initially said he did not realize he had struck someone. However, in pleading guilty, he admitted to leaving the scene of an accident when someone had been injured.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger recommended the maximum sentence for Krewson’s charges. Both are class D felonies, which carry a maximum prison sentence of four years each. Beger recommended the sentences run consecutively for a total of eight years. However, at Beger’s recommendation, Warren then suspended the execution of the sentences and placed Krewson on five years’ supervised probation. Beger said he made the recommendation of the suspended sentences with the consent of the victim’s family after taking into consideration Krewson’s age, his otherwise clean criminal history and the absence of any drug or alcohol involvement in the accident.
Beger told the Daily News that if Krewson violates the probation, he will be imprisoned.
While on probation, in addition to not violating the law, Krewson will have to perform 100 hours community service, pay court costs and $300 to the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund and participate in a “victims mediation” with Persicke’s family.
Krewson also had to surrender his driver’s license in open court.
As a result of the convictions, Krewson will not be allowed to drive for five years, according to Beger.
During Monday’s hearing, Persicke’s daughter, Brittany, spoke for the family and tearfully recounted her mother’s attributes, her strength, how she achieved her goals as a runner and how she would no longer be there for the family on special days such as birthdays and her daughter’s wedding day, according to the prosecutor’s office.