Man sentenced to 12 years in fatal hit-and-run case

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man accused of killing a husband and wife after a hit-and-run pled guilty to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident Wednesday. A judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

Leonard Bernard Gregory, 26, refused a jury trial Wednesday afternoon for the deaths of Johnny Vice and his wife Betty in 2009. He pled guilty to two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Police say he crashed into the couple's vehicle in downtown Charleston at President and Moultrie streets. He was later arrested at Trident Medical Center where he fled to after the accident because of a broken leg, according to his attorney.

Gregory was sentenced to nine years for reckless homicide and three years for each count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

According to authorities, at the time of Gregory's arrest, he was driving with a suspended license for the fifth time.

Gregory has 11 felony convictions on his record, several of those are drug charges.

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