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Driver of vehicle that killed two MSSU student-athletes released from prison

Jeremy Johnson Jeremy Johnson
Patrick Holt Patrick Holt
Diondre Johnson Diondre Johnson
Michael McCrimmons Michael McCrimmons

Updated November 25, 2013: A former football player at Missouri Southern State University who plead guilty to two charges of involuntary manslaughter has been released from prison.

Authorities say in December 2011 Johnson was intoxicated when his SUV rolled and collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 44 between Joplin and Springfield.  Passengers Diondre Johnson and Michael McCrimmons were both killed in the crash.

This past summer, Johnson pled guilty to two charges of Class B Felony Involuntary Manslaughter.  He was sentenced to seven years in prison which would run concurrently.  Under the original plea agreement, Johnson was to serve up to 120 days in a shock incarceration program.

However, it was determined Johnson was not eligible for the program due to the charges being classified as Class B Felonies.

On Monday, Johnson was resentenced, changing the seven years in prison to run consecutively, instead of concurrently.  He was then granted his release and must now serve five years of supervised probation.

 

 

Updated August 12, 2013:  A former football player at Missouri Southern State University who plead guilty to two charges of involuntary manslaughter will serve a minimum of 120 days in prison.

Jeremy Johnson was sentenced to 7 years which would run concurrently, but the court ordered Johnson to serve 120 days in a Shock Incarceration program.  Should Johnson be released on probation he is to serve 200 hours of community service in a program dedicated to reducing underage drinking and driving.

Authorities say in December 2011 Johnson was intoxicated when his SUV rolled and collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 44 between Joplin and Springfield.

Passengers Diondre Johnson and Michael McCrimmons were both killed in the crash.


Updated June 24, 2013:  A former freshman football player at Missouri Southern State University has plead guilty to two charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Jeremy Johnson entered the plea on Monday.

Authorities say in December 2011 Johnson was intoxicated when his SUV rolled and collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 44 between Joplin and Springfield.

Passengers Diondre Johnson and Michael McCrimmons were both killed in the crash.

Sentencing for Johnson is scheduled for August 19.

 

Updated September 7, 2012:  A former freshman football player at Missouri Southern plead not guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter today.

Jeremy Johnson is accused of killing two of his teammates in a crash last December.

Authorities say Johnson was intoxicated when his SUV rolled and collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 44 between Joplin and Springfield.

Passengers Diondre Johnson and Michael McCrimmons were both killed in the crash.

 

Updated July 11, 2012:  Last December two Missouri Southern football players were killed in a crash on Interstate 44.  Now, the driver of the vehicle they were riding in has been charged with their deaths.

Authorities say Jeremy Johnson, now 20, was intoxicated when his SUV collided with a tractor-trailer on I-44 between Joplin and Springfield in the early morning hours of December 2, 2011.

Johnson has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Diondre Johnson and Michael McCrommons were both killed in the crash.

Jeremy Johnson has also been charged with 2nd degree assault since a third passenger, Patrick Holt, was also injured in the crash.  Holt is a member of the MSSU golf team.

Jeremy Johnson was a freshman football player for MSSU.

 

Posted December 2, 2011 - News release issued by Missouri Southern:

The Missouri Southern State University community is saddened to report that four MSSU student-athletes were involved in a tragic accident on I-44 between Joplin and Springfield early Friday morning. Two were killed and two others seriously injured.

Three of the student-athletes are members of the football team, while a fourth student-athlete is a member of the golf team. The two students killed in the accident were Michael McCrimmons, a freshman defensive back from Springfield, and Diondre Johnson, a redshirt freshman tight end from Springfield.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred near mile marker 31 about 2:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2.

The two other student-athletes involved in the accident were Jeremy Johnson a freshman football player from Harrison, Ark., and Patrick Holt, a freshman golfer from Rogers, Ark. Both were injured in the accident, which shut down the eastbound lanes of I-44. Holt was flown to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, while Johnson was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

The Highway Patrol reported that the SUV in which the four student-athletes were riding apparently overturned ejecting one of the passengers. The overturned vehicle came to rest in the eastbound lanes of I-44 and was then hit by a semi truck.

One of the passengers of the SUV was injured after being hit by a car after exiting the overturned SUV.

A team meeting with football players was held at noon today in Phelps Theatre in Billingsly Student Center. Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman and Coach Bart Tatum in addition to other Athletic Department officials and counselors met with the student-athletes.

The University will hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the two students at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, Dec. 2) at the Flag of Freedom Plaza on the campus oval.

The University is planning a remembrance service next week.

"At this time, everything possible is being done to support our students, their families and friends," stated Dr. Bruce W. Speck, MSSU president. "Our prayers go out to their families and friends."

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