Ex-officer gets 3-12 months in jail for drag racing death

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Former Phila. police officer sentenced in drag racing death
Former Phila. police officer sentenced in drag racing death. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News Mornings on January 15, 2019.

PHILADELPHIA -- A former Philadelphia police officer has been ordered to serve 3 to 12 months in county jail for killing a man while drag racing with another officer two years ago.

Adam Soto, who was fired shortly after the Jan. 31, 2017, crash, pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of homicide by vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Philadelphia police officer charged after fatal crash. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 4:30 p.m. on April 26, 2017.

Authorities say Soto was speeding near a high school when he hit 50-year-old Daniel Dimitri.

Soto was granted work release to be able to provide for his wife and 2-month-old child, meaning he can leave jail to work. The judge ordered Soto to turn himself in Feb. 8 to begin serving his sentence.


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