- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in a 2013 crash that claimed the life of his brother.

Forty-nine-year-old Jamey Hartless of Glen Rock pleaded guilty Tuesday in York County Court to homicide by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

The pleas came on the day he was to go to trial in the December 2013 crash in York Township that killed 51-year-old Timothy Hartless. Prosecutors dropped third-degree murder and other charges.

Authorities said the defendant’s blood alcohol level was just under the limit for driving under the influence, but they alleged that he also had cocaine and lorazepam in his system.

The open plea means there is no agreement with prosecutors on sentencing, which is scheduled Aug. 24.

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