|Man pleads guilty to hit-and-run, faces five years in prison
A Rohnert Park man accused of killing a Napa County teenager in a hit-and-run has pled guilty and faces a possible five-year prison sentence.
A Rohnert Park man faces nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a hit-and-run crash that killed an American Canyon 17-year-old.
Michael Harmon, 41, collided with 17-year-old Jahzeel Forsen on Lakeville Highway on July 2 and fled the scene on foot after looking into Forsen’s vehicle, according to a witness. He was charged with hit-and-run causing death and vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of a controlled substance.
Toxicology tests revealed methamphetamine and Valium were in his blood stream, but alcohol was not.
According to his attorney, Harmon consumed the drugs following the crash and apologized for him in court.
“He does feel extremely remorseful for the loss of life,” attorney Kristine Burk said in court before Harmon admitted the charges.
Prosecutors were hoping for more time to investigate and determine exactly when Harmon took the drugs. But the case was settled. Harmon has been in custody since his arrest. His sen-tencing is scheduled for Oct. 22.
Probation is an option for the judge, as is the maximum prison sentence of nearly five years. Under state sentencing laws, Harmon will be allowed to serve half of any prison term.