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Tampa man pleads guilty in fatal 2009 Pasco crash

Tampa man pleads guilty to 2009 crash

A Tampa man who was charged in a 2009 Pasco crash that killed one person and injured two others has pleaded guilty in hopes the judge will give him a reduced sentence.

Theodore Papadopoulos was speeding west on Green Key Road the evening of Aug. 29, 2009 when he hit a curve, lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Corvette and collided with an oncoming car, authorities said.

Papadopoulos' passenger, Ernest John Baez, 57, of New Port Richey, was killed. The occupants of the other car, Joseph Moccia, then 18, and Brienna Lyerly, then 17, both of New Port Richey, were injured. Papadopoulos, now 41, was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving involving serious bodily injury.

He appeared before Circuit Judge Michael Andrews on Monday and pleaded guilty. He is asking the judge to give him less than the minimum 10 1/2 years under state sentencing guidelines. He faces a maximum of 20 years. Sentencing is set for June 22.

Tampa man pleads guilty in fatal 2009 Pasco crash 05/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:40pm]
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