Teen pleads no contest in hit-and-run | SierraSun.com

Teen pleads no contest in hit-and-run

The 18 year old involved in a fatal hit-and-run last summer in Truckee has pleaded no contest to all charges and will be sentenced in January to state prison.

Scott Lindner changed his plea from innocent to no contest on one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one count of felony sexual intercourse with a minor, and one count of misdemeanor sexual intercourse with a minor, said William Cornell, Truckee deputy district attorney.

“I am expecting victim statements in court,” Cornell said. “I do believe Lindner will be in state prison.”

Lindner’s attorney, John Ward, could not be reached as of press time.

In September, Lindner of Ross, Calif., pleaded innocent to charges in connection with the hit-and-run incident that killed Truckee resident Keith Stewart, 19. The death occurred Aug. 16 in front of witnesses during a concert at Truckee River Regional Park.

Truckee police completed a thorough investigation, Cornell said, but did not find enough proof from witnesses to show it was an intentional killing.

Vehicular manslaughter counts as one strike against Lindner under California law, Cornell said.

“The consequences are extremely grave to an 18-year-old …” he said, “because there’s more time to make a mistake.”

Also in September, Lindner pleaded innocent to the sexual misconduct charges involving a 17-year-old Truckee girl and a 13-year-old girl. Truckee police learned of the allegations while investigating the hit-and-run. Though the acts were considered consensual, due to the ages of the girls involved, they resulted in separate felony and misdemeanor charges.

Cornell said both cases will be dealt with as a “package deal” so the court doesn’t duplicate court time and judicial services.

Lindner is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9, 2007, he said.

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