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March 29, 2015

Suspect in Janesville hit and run crash pleads guilty

Sambath Pal

Sambath Pal

An October 1st sentencing date is set for a 24-year-old Park City, Ilinois man accused in the deaths of two Janesville motorcyclists.  Sambath Pal pleaded guilty Thursday in Rock County Court to two counts of hit-and-run involving death, for the April crash on Highway 14 near Harmony Town Hall Road.

 24-year-old Mitchell Vance and 18-year-old Devin Julius were riding with a group of motorcyclists when an SUV crossed the center line, hitting them both.  The criminal complaint says Pal left the scene without stopping. He was eventually arrested after a 911 call to police told investigators where to find him. Police say auto parts found at the scene matched damage to the SUV like puzzle pieces.

Originally,  the judge had entered not guilty pleas when Pal stood mute in court back in May.  Prosecutors say they offered no deal for the change in pleas. Pal could get 50 years in prison.

WCLO