Defendant in DUI crash that killed 10-year-old boy pleads no contest

12/18/2013 3:50 PM

12/18/2013 4:00 PM

Justin Nappi, the 21-year-old man accused of killing 10-year-old Jayden Thomas in a DUI crash, pleaded no contest this afternoon to gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges.

He is scheduled to be sentenced March 9, and faces a maximum of 19 years in prison.

Jayden Thomas was a passenger in his parent's car when he was killed in the two-car crash Nov. 3 last year.

Jayden and his family had been on their way home from a Los Banos Wildcats peewee football game in Manteca.

The Volta Elementary fifth-grader and his family were riding in a 1992 BMW when it was struck on its passenger side by Nappi's 1991 Chevy pickup. Police say that Nappi ran a stop sign at the intersection of Place Road and East B Street.

Jayden's parents and two sisters were injured.

More on this story will be included in Thursday's Merced Sun-Star and LosBanosEnterprise.com.

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