A Temple man pleaded guilty Monday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a Belton teenager in 2016.
Ronal Norwood, 62, pleaded guilty to a second degree felony charge of causing an accident involving death, according to a representative at the Bell County District Attorney's Office.
Police said Norwood struck Richard Snyder, then 12, with his vehicle and drove away on Nov. 18, 2016 while Snyder was riding his bike in the 2100 block of the I-35 service road near a mobile home park. Snyder was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries on his 13th birthday. Norwood later admitted to police that he had been involved in the crash, according to authorities.
Norwood was originally scheduled to have a jury trial on Feb. 20. But, this plea means that will not happen. Instead, his case was reset for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. on April 3, according to the DA's Office.
The Temple Daily Telegram first reported that a tampering with a witness charge could be dismissed as part of the plea bargain, which suggested Norwood might be sentenced to somewhere between two and 15 years in prison. The District Attorney's office declined to comment on those details. Channel 6 also reached out to two of Mr. Norwood's defense attorneys. In a phone conversation, one of those attorneys said everything was "on the table," but any final decision would ultimately be up to Judge Fancy Jezek in the 426th Judicial Court.
As Channel 6 reported in late November 2016, Norwood's arrest affidavit clamed he told his grandson to lie about the hit-and-run.