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Man found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide

  • Andre-Sanford

    Andre Sanford



ELYRIA  — An Elyria man who police said left the scene after a wreck that killed a man was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide after pleading no contest Monday.

Andre Sanford, 27, of West River Road, pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of OVI before Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski on Monday. Betleski found Sanford guilty on all four counts.

Sanford had faced charges of failure to stop after an accident, driving under suspension and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, but those charges had been dismissed by the court previously.

Police said Jeffrey Johnson, 47, of Lorain, had been riding a motorcycle about 5 a.m. one morning in October 2016, when he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of state Route 57 and Schaden Road. Johnson was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

The driver and passenger in the car that struck Johnson took off after the crash, police said, but later on that morning both men turned themselves in at the Elyria Police Department.

Sanford and his brother Allen Sanford were charged. Allen Sanford was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to obstructing justice charges last year.

Andre Sanford is set to be sentenced by Betleski on April 9. He could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and $37,700 in fines.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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