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05-25-09, 06:20 PM #1
San Antonio Officer Pleads Guilty in Death of fellow officer
A San Antonio police officer who killed another officer during a car crash while responding to a shoplifting call has agreed to a plea bargain, according to a news release by the Bexar County District Attorney's office.
Officer David Seaton was responding to a call on the city's northwest side on Nov. 28, when he struck another vehicle at the intersection of Potranco Road and Hunt Lane. At the same time, Officer Robert Davis was at the intersection clearing road flares from an unrelated collision. Davis was struck by Seaton's patrol car. David died several days later.
"Ultimately the facts show that Officer Seaton was traveling at approximately 102 mph at the time the collision occurred, and so it leads all of the elements of the offense of manslaughter," said Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg.
Seaton pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault. The plea agreement calls for a prison term of 10 years, but the punishment will ultimately be decided by District Court Judge Sid Harle at the end of August. As a requirement of the deal, Seaton must surrender his peace officer certification permanently, according to the news release. Seaton is eligible for probation.
Both Seaton and Darrell Lampkin, a civilian driving the vehicle Seaton initially struck, suffered serious injuries in the collisions.
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