Lester Takes Plea Bargain In Fatal Hit And Run


A 28 year old Rensselaer Falls man has admitted to running down a Canton businessman who was riding his bicycle at night in a fatal hit and run.

Daniel Lester pleaded guilty to felony first-degree vehicular manslaughter in St. Lawrence County Court in a plea bargain with District Attorney Mary Rain.

Lester told the court he was "severely" under the influence of drugs, including suboxone, carisoprodol and meprobamate, but doesn't remember the incident.

He struck and killed 69 year old Richard Morrow on County Route 27 on December 23, 2013 and then left the scene.

Lester is expected to be sentenced to a 4 to 12 year prison term on July 7.

Lester's attorney, county public defender Steve Button, told the court the plea satisfies charges of murder, assault, driving while ability impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Morrow owned the Meadows restaurant.

Lester was later apprehended by State Police a short time after the fatal accident when he lost control of his car and ended up in a snowbank.

Morrow was riding his bike on County Route 27 when he was struck and killed.

Lester was previously convicted in 2011 of driving while intoxicated in the town of Oswegatchie.

Lester was released under probation supervision and placed on a curfew with his motor vehicle privileges revoked.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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