Habitual offender appeals sentence in fatal crash
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

A Superior Court commissioner says a judge should deny an appeal by a man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges in the hit-and-run death of a Delaware community leader.

Jesus Pinkston claims his 25-year sentence for the death of 48-year-old Christopher White is excessive.

White, executive director of the Community Legal Aid Society of Delaware, was killed in April 2010 when Pinkston, fleeing an earlier hit-and-run in a stolen car, careened onto a Wilmington sidewalk where White was standing.

The commissioner noted in a report this week that less than a year before White's death, Pinkston was declared a habitual driving offender and had his license revoked for five years. He nevertheless continued to drive and was arrested twice in February 2010 for driving with a revoked license.

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