Driver sentenced to 5 years in hit-and-run that killed boy near Cahokia

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 11:00 AM

(KMOV.com) -- The teenager charged in the hit and run that killed 9-year-old Fabian Teson, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

Teson died at the hospital last July, two days after he was hit by a car driven by then-17-year-old Kevin Powell near Cahokia.

Powell pled guilty Tuesday and will serve four years probation following his release. Prosecutors say he was apologetic in court, but believe the sentence was fair.

“I think it’s very fair,” said St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson. “You have to  remember, as policemen we have to believe in the court system and whatever the court system comes up with we have to believe that the right thing was done.”

Investigators say Powell hit Teson on Lorraine Drive then fled the scene. He was arrested six days later.

The car’s owner pled guilty to obstruction for hiding the vehicle, and was given 18 months probation.

There was another passenger in the car with Powell at the time of the accident. He has an upcoming court date.

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