PA officer sentenced to prison


JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) – A former police officer in northeastern Pennsylvania who pleaded guilty to causing a fatal 2014 high-speed crash will serve three to 23 months behind bars for the crime.

The (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker reports 27-year-old Steven Homanko may end up serving just a small portion of his prison sentence because he’s under consideration for early release for work purposes.

Prosecutors say the ex-Nesquehoning officer slammed into a Toyota carrying 69-year-old Carola Sauers while pursuing a suspect on May 12, 2014. Sauers was killed in the accident and her husband was seriously injured.

State police officials say Homanko’s cruiser was traveling at speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour at the time of the crash in Carbon County.

Homanko pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment charges on Sept. 20. He was sentenced on Wednesday.

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