Cleveland teen changes plea to guilty in connection to chase that ended in crash killing 13-year-old girl

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 1:17 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A teenager charged in connection with a police chase that ended with a crash and the death of a 13-year-old girl changed his plea to guilty on Thursday afternoon in front of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Sutula.

D’Shaun McNear agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, failure to comply, possessing weapons under disability, and aggravated vehicular assault.

Judge Sutula said NcNear faces a prison sentence of between 15 and 58 years.

The now 16-year-old boy was tried as an adult for driving a stolen car during a police pursuit, which ended in a crash that killed Tamia Chappman.

Tamia Chappman
Tamia Chappman

Cleveland police said McNear and a second juvenile stole the car from a woman at the Target on W. 117th around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2019 and then led police on a chase into East Cleveland.

The chase ended when the teens struck Chappman in the area of Lakefront and Euclid Avenue.

Family members said Chappman, a sixth-grader at Superior Elementary School at the time, was walking to the library to attend a Toys for Tots event when she was killed.

The second teen, the passenger, pleaded guilty in juvenile court in April 2020 and was sentenced to four years at the Ohio Department of Youth Services

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