SANTA ANA, Calif. – A 32-year-old Southern California man has pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter in the hit-and-run deaths of three trick-or-treaters last Halloween.
Jaquinn Ramone Bell, who lives in Orange, entered the plea Friday in Orange County Superior Court.
A statement from the district attorney's office says Bell had faced more serious charges in the Oct. 31, 2014, incident, but a state Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated case forced prosecutors to reduce the charges.
Bell now faces a maximum penalty of nearly 14 years in prison when he is sentenced in May.
Bell drove through a crosswalk going 60 mph and struck 13-year-old girl twins and their 13-year-old friend before fleeing the scene.
He was arrested Nov. 2 after police found his damaged car abandoned in a parking lot.