Hit and run driver gets 40 years - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Hit and run driver gets 40 years

George Newell, Jr.   Source: HCSO George Newell, Jr. Source: HCSO
Ray Echols   Source: WLBT Ray Echols Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

George Newell, Jr., of Ridgeland, has been sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter and 20 years for felony leaving scene in the death of 13-year-old Ray Echols in November of 2011.

Echols and a friend were riding their bicycles on Watkins when Newell's vehicle struck Echols. Newell didn't render assistance or notify police, and left the scene.

Echols pleaded guilty to the charges in June. Hinds County Circuit Winston Kidd sentenced  him Monday and ordered that the 20 year sentences run concurrently.

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