Franklin County Judge Douglas W. Herman sentenced Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 30, to 21 months to seven years in state prison on Wednesday for homicide by vehicle – a third-degree felony. Deardorff, who lived at 14426 Dutchtown Road in Mercersburg, was sentenced to another 90 days’ imprisonment for driving while his license was suspended for driving under the influence. He received credit for 144 days of jail time served June 9 through Wednesday.
Deardorff pleaded guilty to the charges in August for his involvement in the March 7, 2012 crash that killed Keith Monninger – a 37-year-old Greencastle businessman, husband and father of three. The crash occurred at Molly Pitcher Highway South (U.S. 11) and Social Island Road in Guilford Township around 7 p.m.
In addition to the charges Deardorff was sentenced for, the Mercersburg man had faced a number of other charges related to the crash. Felony charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death or personal injury and leaving the scene of a crash involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed were dismissed for court. Misdemeanor and summary charges – including accidents involving damage, involuntary manslaughter, failure to notify police and failure to stop, give information and render aid – were also dropped.
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