Vehicular homicide charge dropped against man accused of killing Cleveland boy in hit-skip

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CLEVELAND- The man accused of hitting and killing a 5-year-old boy pleaded guilty to lesser charges on Wednesday.

Prosecutors dropped the vehicular homicide charge against Jerome Lee, 25. He pleaded guilty to failure to stop after an accident, and faces six months to three years in prison.

Israel Thornton, 5, was trying to catch the bus when he was hit near West 37th Street and Denison Avenue in Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2013. The kindergartener, a student at Village Prep, was with an older cousin at the time of the crash.

After months of searching for the driver, Lee was indicted in August for aggravated vehicular homicide.

Jerome Lee (left), Israel Thornton (right)

Lee was arrested in March 2013 for grand theft and was out on bail when Thornton was killed.

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