Omaha man charged in fatal hit-and-run pleads guilty to motor vehicle homicide count

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OMAHA, Nebraska — An Omaha man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash earlier this year has pleaded guilty to felony motor vehicle homicide.

The Omaha World-Herald reports ( ) that 36-year-old Justin Ayers entered the plea on Sept. 29. In exchange, prosecutors dropped other charges. Ayers now faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced on Dec. 2.

Police say Ayers was drunk when he rear-ended 63-year-old Kathleen Benes, of Valparaiso, on March 29 on West Maple Road. She died at the scene.

Ayers drove away from the crash, but was followed by a witness, who informed police where he was.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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