Hit And Run Draws Sentence

Sentence for a hit and run driver.

23-year-old Lance M. Burgess of Lake Waconda had entered guilty pleas to two misdemeanors. A felony charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement. The agreement recommended one year in jail.

“The plea fits fine,” said Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier at Monday’s sentencing. Burgess was sentenced to serve his time in county jail on the Class I Misdemeanor conviction of attempting to leave the scene of an injury accident. He was sentenced to three months on the Class III Misdemeanor conviction of reckless driving – first offense. The three month sentence was ordered to be served concurrently with the one year sentence.

On May 7th of last year on Highway 66 near 60th Street, a 1999 Chevy Cavalier hit by the Burgess vehicle, a Ford F-350, went off the highway and landed on its top in a field. The sheriff’s report said both were traveling in the same direction when the Burgess vehicle rear-ended the car. The Burgess vehicle did not stop.

The two occupants of the Cavalier, both from Lincoln, were taken to the hospital.

Deputies located a license plate west of the accident scene that led them to Burgess who turned himself in later that day.

Deputy Cass County Attorney Rick Fedde said both occupants of the Cavalier have generally recovered from their injuries. A female victim spent about a week in the hospital.

Both Fedde and Rehmeier commented how lucky everyone involved was that the injuries were not more serious or fatal.

“I made a mistake, I was wrong” said Burgess. “I’m sorry, but that probably doesn’t mean anything now since it already happened.”

Rehmeier noted that the female victim was in the courtroom and it was probably important to her to hear him say he was sorry. There are “different perspectives” to apologies, said the judge.

Burgess began serving the sentence immediately after the hearing.

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