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Jury finds Christopher Kelso guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide

Published: Mon, August 6, 2012 @ 5:48 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A six man, six-woman jury today convicted a Youngstown man of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault in a Feb. 3, 2010, crash on Wilson Avenue near Prospect Street.

The jury convicted Christopher Kelso, 32, of East Midlothian Boulevard late this afternoon after three hours of deliberations.

Kelso faces up to 13 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of his front seat passenger, Pamela Kennedy, 28, of Boardman, and of aggravated vehicular assault in connection with nonfatal injuries suffered by back-seat passenger, Javier Colon, 31, of Youngstown.

The trial, which began last Tuesday, was before Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The judge will sentence Kelso at a later date. Kelso remains free pending sentencing.

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1LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Pam was a great person. That man deserves to burn for what he did.

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2Boston6(5 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I didn't know Pam, but I am sure she was a great person. I do know Chris and he is a good friend and also a great person. This was a tragic accident that could have been avoided. However, this could have happened to anyone. Chris, Pam, and Javier obviously were all willing to get in the car. If they felt their lives were in danger they should have said something or found another ride home. Because someone lost their life you feel that Chris deserves to "burn". That is ridiculous. I wouldn't wish this on anyone, but Chris is going to have to live with this pain and regret for the rest of his life and her family is also going to live with this too. It's unfortunate, but my prayers and sympathies go out to all the parties and families involved.

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3yunkstahn(3 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Very well said, Boston6.

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4LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

He was the driver of the vehicle it was his responsibility to ensure the safety of his occupants. Now Pam's 2 daughters are growing up with out a mother and he gets to walk free for 2 years? Its a travesty of justice!

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5Jake(112 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

He was out on bail. Being presumed innocent until proven guilty is not a "travesty" of any sort.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 7 years in prison. The system worked.

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