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Judge rejects sentence reduction in case of NE Pa. man convicted in accident that killed child


WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has denied a request to reduce the sentence of a man convicted in a hit-and-run accident that claimed a child's life.

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas Letteer Jr. of Plains Township was sentenced last month to two to four years after pleading guilty to a second-degree felony charge in Luzerne County Court.

Prosecutors said he left the scene of the crash that killed 5-year-old Kevin Miller in Wilkes-Barre a few days before Christmas in 2012.

Defense attorneys asked a judge to consider both a lesser sentence and possibly boot camp, but court documents indicate a judge rejected the motion Tuesday.

The defense also argued that the judge should not have allowed testimony during sentencing alleging that Letteer had consumed alcohol on the night of the crash.

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