WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A man has been spared jail time after an involuntary manslaughter plea in the death of a pedestrian more than six years ago in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Forty-six-year-old Daniel Loughnane was ordered to serve a month of house arrest as part of a year in the intermediate punishment program following Friday’s misdemeanor plea in Luzerne County.
The Hanover Township resident was originally charged with felony hit-and-run in the July 2012 death of 19-year-old Rebecca McCallick, who prosecutors said was lying in the middle of the street.
The plea agreement followed court rulings that Wilkes-Barre police illegally seized Loughnane’s pickup truck and therefore much of the evidence from the truck was inadmissible.
Defense attorney Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. said the deal benefited everyone because all “realized the uncertainty of a trial.”
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