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Tampa man waives jury trial and asks judge to sentence him in 2010 hit and run

TAMPA — Shawn Lee Burton, 31, has asked a judge to sentence him for leaving the scene of a crash that killed a University of South Florida cancer researcher in 2010 rather than face trial on Tuesday, the State Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Authorities say Burton was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer when he hit 30-year-old bicyclist Kayoko Ishizuka near University Square Drive and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Sheriff's detectives found almost 100 pieces of debris, including paint chips and parts of a broken headlight, at the scene.

Ishizuka had lights on her bike, wore a helmet and rode in the bike lane, investigators said.

Burton had been arrested for driving while intoxicated in California in 2006, prosecutors here said after his arrest.

A jury trial for Burton had been scheduled for Tuesday. Now, he will be sentenced by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Scott Stephens on Oct. 19.

Tampa man waives jury trial and asks judge to sentence him in 2010 hit and run 09/14/12 [Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 11:39pm]
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