Serving the heart of California since 1892

The Madera Tribune

Ex-Fresno coach agrees to plea deal in DUI death

Most newspaper content here is incomplete. Want it all? Sooner? Subscribe to our full print and online editions by calling (559) 674-4207 and get both for the price of one!

webmaster | 06/13/13

FRESNO (AP) — A former Fresno boys’ basketball coach has pleaded no contest in the drunken driving hit-and-run death of a 7-year-old boy.

Former Central High School varsity basketball coach Loren LeBeau entered the plea on Wednesday, agreeing to serve 12 years in state prison and to pay more than $750,000 in restitution to the family of Donovan Maldonado.

Maldonado was struck and killed by LeBeau last July as he rode his bike in a crosswalk. Maldonado’s father and 18-month-old sister were also struck and seriously injured. LeBeau left the scene, but returned minutes later.

Formal sentencing will be held in August. LeBeau is to serve at least 85 percent of his 12-year term.

The City of Fresno began construction on a new pedestrian underpass at the scene of the crash in June.


comments powered by Disqus