Court approves life sentence in 2016 Police chase crash that killed 3 people

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of third-degree murder in a 2016 Thanksgiving Day accident that killed three people after a police chase faces a mandatory life sentence can be.

The Tribune-Review reports that the state’s highest court cited the law’s “plain and unequivocal language” when it sided with an appeals court ordering a new hearing to try 28-year-old Demetrius Coleman of Homewood, who in office is a term of 70 to 140 years.

According to prosecutors, on November 24, 2016, while fleeing a traffic stop, Coleman reached speeds of 100 miles per hour before colliding with a car that burst into flames in north Versailles, killing the driver, his fiancée and their young daughter.

Coleman was convicted of, among other things, triple third-degree murder and vehicle murder and aggravated assault in the death of Kaylie Meininger (21); her fiance, David Bianco, 29; and her 2-year-old daughter Annika, who were on their way to a holiday lunch.