- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man faces October sentencing after pleading guilty to felony charges linked to a hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old pedestrian.

Online court records show that Randel Sparks of Poplar Bluff pleaded guilty last Friday to charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and of tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.

Sparks entered the pleas in Greene County on a venue change from Butler County.Authorities say Sparks‘ vehicle hit Heavenly Hafford on Dec. 9, 2015, as she was walking near a Poplar Bluff intersection.

A co-defendant, Ben Ressel, has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial scheduled for Sept. 11 on identical charges.

Sparks‘ sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20.

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