Driver pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed Mentor officer

MENTOR, Ohio -- The man accused in hit-skip death of Mentor police Officer Mathew Mazany changed his plea Friday morning.

Brian Anthony, 25, of Kirtland, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle under the influence, duties upon approaching a stationary public safety vehicle and not stopping after an accident. He will be sentenced on April 12.

Mazany was assisting with a traffic stop on state Route 2 in Mentor on June 24. Prosecutors said Anthony, after a night of drinking, sideswiped a cruiser and another car with his Jeep, pinning the officer in between.

Friends described Anthony as "black-out drunk" at Mentor Lagoons, where he was arrested hours later. Prosecutors said he was also under the influence of drugs.

Mazany was a 14-year veteran Mentor Police Department.

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