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Morgan to serve balance of prison sentence



A man who struck and killed and critically injured a father and son in 2009 will serve the balance of his prison sentence after Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor denied his judicial release motion in a ruling filed late last week.

Buster R. Morgan, 34, formerly of West Milton, has nearly two-and-a-half more years to serve in prison for third- and fifth-degree felony charges of failure to stop after an accident.

The defendant is responsible for a July 11, 2009, incident in which the car he was driving ran over Jeffrey S. Gates, 48, and his son Virgil Gates, 24, both of Port Jefferson, as they were attempting to cross State Route 366 near Lakeview Harbor about 1:30 a.m.

In his ruling, Judge O’Connor cited the defendant’s lengthy criminal history, and the serious nature of the offense, as reasons for denying early release.

“The defendant has a number of adjudications as a juvenile including a burglary,” the judge wrote. “The defendant has a number of criminal cases as an adult including a hit-skip in 1997, a grand theft in 1999, failure to report an accident in 2001, providing false information in 2002, impersonating an officer and drug abuse in 2003, giving false information in 2004, identity fraud in 2005, assault in 2007 and now this case.”

Mr. Morgan also has previously been terminated unsuccessfully from community control, Judge O’Connor noted.

The defendant is due to be released from prison in March 2015.

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