Largent found guilty of hitting and seriously injuring a motorcyclist with his truck last year | Crime and courts

On Tuesday, a St. Francis County jury found a local man guilty of hitting and seriously injuring a motorcyclist with his truck last year.

The two-day trial ended on Tuesday as the jury deliberated for about 30 minutes before returning their verdict that Brett D. Largent, 45, of Park Hills, was guilty of first degree assault / bodily harm serious physical injuries and armed criminal action.

Representing the state at trial were Assistant St. Francis County District Attorney Linda Freeman and Assistant District Attorney Kathi Alizadeh. Assistant public defenders Holly Kees and Ayla Chadbourne represented Largent. Circuit Judge Wendy Wexler Horn presided over the trial.

“Special thanks to the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department and Lt. Matt Wampler and Det. Greg Adams for their investigation of this incident and their dedication to justice for the injured victim,” the county attorney’s office said. of Saint-François in a press release. after the trial.

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A formal sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 5, where Largent faces potential life sentences on each of the two counts.

Largent was charged with the crimes last year after his truck hit a motorcycle, seriously injuring the operator.

According to a probable cause statement from the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department, on May 13, 2021, Largent was driving a gray 2012 GMC Sierra pickup truck on Highway 8, traveling behind a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The report says Largent drove into the lane of oncoming traffic, overtook the motorcycle, and crashed into it. The collision reportedly caused the motorcycle to veer off the highway, hitting several objects and landing on the side of the road on Highway 8, west of the rock quarry.

After the accident, the motorcyclist managed to regain the road, where a passerby saw him. A deputy also arrived on the scene. The injured biker told the MP he was hit by a gray GMC truck and believed it was an intentional hit, according to the report.

The man was airlifted to Mercy Hospital South and then transferred to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he underwent multiple surgeries. The report lists several injuries sustained by the motorcyclist, including two broken arms, a broken leg, multiple bruises, abrasions and internal injuries.

Court records show Largent was previously convicted of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, second-degree burglary and felony theft. He pleaded guilty to the crimes in 1998 and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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