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A Texarkana man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for causing a death while fleeing from police.

Deontrae Delshawn Solomon

Deontrae Delshawn Solomon, 20, appeared before 102nd District Judge Jeff Addison with Texarkana lawyers Josh Potter and B.C. Pickett. Solomon entered a plea of guilty to evading arrest or detention resulting in death and accepted a 15-year prison sentence.

Solomon was driving through Wake Village, Texas, when a patrol officer attempted to pull him over after observing a traffic violation, according to a probable cause affidavit. Solomon led the officer into Nash, Texas, before getting onto Interstate 30 eastbound.

After exiting at Richmond Road, Solomon's car skidded sideways and then flipped end-over-end before coming to rest. Solomon ran across the highway but was taken into custody by Wake Village Officer Jeremy Johnson following a brief foot chase.

De'Andre Jackson, 20, was ejected from the car during the crash and later died of his injuries. Solomon told investigators he and Jackson were burglarizing cars in the Wake Village area at the time Johnson attempted to pull them over. He said they had stolen guns and other property in the car.

Solomon also pleaded true to allegations in motions to revoke probations he was serving at the time of his most recent arrest for auto theft, burglary and theft. He received a 14-month state jail term in those cases that he must serve after he has finished serving 15 years in connection with Jackson's death.

 

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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