EVERETT, Wash. — A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to reckless driving related to a crash that cost a man his legs.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2riJBg0 ) that John Sadro pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and reckless endangerment Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior Court. He was initially charged with vehicular assault, a felony.

Defense lawyer, David Allen, says Sadro “feels terrible about what happened” and “is taking responsibility for his actions.”

Prosecutors say Sadro was on duty April 17, 2015 when he ran a stop sign and was hit by a car. His patrol car spun and struck a parked truck, pinning Tom Gillette against his vehicle. Gillette’s legs were later amputated.

Snohomish County reached a $14.3 million settlement with Gillette and his wife in November.

Skagit County prosecutors handled the case to avoid a conflict of interest.

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