Former Officer Admits Guilt in Deadly Crash, Victim’s Family Forgives

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WILLIAMSPORT -- The former Williamsport police officer involved in deadly crash in 2014 will face no jail time.

Jonathan Deprenda pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in court on Thursday after apologizing to the victim's family.

The former Williamsport officer now faces five years of probation after his cruiser crashed into James Robinson's car in 2014, killing the man.

Robinson's family not only agrees with the sentencing but forgives the former officer.

Deprenda was charged with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter for his involvement in a fiery crash in the city in 2014.

Troopers say Deprenda collided with James Robinson's vehicle on East Third Street while on his way to help another officer.

Robinson's vehicle crashed into a house and caught fire. He was killed.

"He was my best friend from another mother. We did music together. We were best friends from children," said John Hernandez.

In court, Deprenda pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and now faces five years of probation.

The former officer gave a heartfelt apology to Robinson's family and friends saying, "every night when I close my eyes, I see this man in this car I cannot help. I have to live with that for the rest of my life and I'm so sorry for that."

Robinson's family says the first time Deprenda apologized to them for his actions was at this sentencing. Their reaction was forgiveness.

"I raised my kids to forgive those who do things against you, and it's something James would have did. So I had to forgive him," said the victim's mother Nancy.

"I forgive him because the love of God I have showed me the errors and let it go."

Deprenda will also pay thousands for James Robinson's funeral expenses.

10 comments

  • The Forgiver

    The problem is the next time this situation happens, remember people don’t wake up in the morning like they are preparing for a similar event, but the courts don’t see it this way in all events, the officer may have not have had control of this action, but still carries the responsibly, and I hope the family carries out with the suit for their lost love one. And remember money will never replace your loss.

  • Peace

    RIP James Robinson !
    May comfort and peace continue for the family of James
    I went to school when he did, he was always a good guy mannerly, polite just a nice person

    Tragic and sad

  • Drugs r Bad

    Allie what is wrong with you? The officer wasn’t under the influence, he didn’t start his shift knowing he was gonna kill someone. I think the punishment suits the crime. Allie your not human therefore everybody is better people then you!

  • Allie

    Although I understand what happened,for the life of me i cannot comprehend 5 years of probation,and funeral costs???? Thats it??? No jail time??? Someone died,and his family has to live with that for the rest of their lives!!! I’ve known ppl to do years in prison for much less!!! Thats ridiculous. My prayers go out to the family,for their loss,and lord knows you are way better than most…bless you all

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