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Teen driver pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2007 crash

TAMPA — A 17-year-old high school student pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide for a 2007 crash that killed a moped driver.

John Robert Holland Jr.'s sentencing was postponed until June 15 so that he can finish his junior year, said prosecutor Barbara Coleman.

Holland will be sentenced by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet as a youthful offender, which caps his potential prison time at six years. He would have faced up to 15 years in prison if sentenced as an adult.

Holland, then a 16-year-old Alonzo High School student, was driving a 2005 Nissan 350Z the afternoon of Sept. 26, 2007, when he lost control of the speeding car and crossed the center line on Countryway Boulevard near Woodbay Drive in Westchase. He crashed into an oncoming moped driven by 49-year-old Robert Jeff Baughman, then plunged into a nearby pond.

Neither Holland nor his 16-year-old passenger were hurt.

Until that point, the teenager had a clean driving record.

Teen driver pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2007 crash 04/14/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 7:37pm]
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