Friday, May 22, 2009

Heavy heart

No matter what the sentence he will live with the memory of killing his friend.

The toll? One life lost and two other lives forever changed.

Former SAPD officer pleads guilty
By Michelle Mondo - Express-News

Former San Antonio Police Officer David Seaton pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury Thursday in connection to a November crash that killed a fellow officer and sent a civilian to the hospital.

The plea agreement calls for a term in prison of up to 10 years, but because Seaton, 43, has never been convicted of a felony he is eligible for probation, according to a press release from Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed.

The release said 226th District Court Judge Sid Harle would decide Seaton's punishment at a hearing set for Aug. 31.

As part of the agreement, Seaton is permanently surrendering his peace officer certification, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors filed charges against Seaton for a Nov. 28 accident, in which he was accused of traveling at 102 miles per hour in his patrol car when he ran a red light at Potranco Road and Hunt Lane.

Seaton's patrol car hit another vehicle and then spun out of control and struck fellow Officer Robert Davis, who was picking up road flares from a separate minor accident.

Davis and Darrell Lampkin, the driver of the vehicle Seaton hit, were both hospitalized with serious injuries. Davis died at the hospital.