Police eluder pleads guilty to 10 felonies including 2nd degree murder
YAKIMA, Wash- The man who led police on a chase through Yakima last year that left two people dead pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.
At the corner of 16th and Cherry avenues the, the last leg of that pursuit, there are still crosses and flowers honoring the memories of the two people killed when Shaun Kollman sped through that intersection.
On August 20th, 2010 Kollman stole a truck, and crashed it trying to elude police. He then stole another car and led police across town finally crashing into two cars killing Pascual Ayala and Marina Barajas.
Kollman's trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but then he accepted a plea deal.
The prosecution says they were confident enough to go to trial, but they offered a plea for other reasons.
The plea reflects his accountability. Pleading guilty to the crimes of second degree murder as well as two assaults of police officers that were doing their duties", says Patti Powers, the county prosecutor handling the case.
Kollman also pled guilty to 2 counts each of car theft and hit and run as well as a count of eluding and possession of a controlled substance.
The prosecutor's office is recommending that he be sentenced to 51.5 years in prison but ultimately, a judge will decide that sentence on November 7th.