Guilty plea in fatal crash outside City Hall

BALTIMORE - The man charged with running down and killing Matthew Hersl in front of city hall this past spring was sentenced to 11 years in jail after he entered a guilty plea Thursday, according to the Baltimore City State's Attorney Office.

Johnny Johnson was originally charged with nine counts in the April 9 incident, including vehicular homicide and possession of heroin and cocaine.

In a report on the crash taken by Maryland State Police after the crash, a state trooper said he first spotted a car driving erratically in the southbound lanes of I-83.  The driver, later identified as Johnson, took the Pleasant Street exit, and continued toward City Hall.

The trooper told investigators he put on his police lights and followed the car.  But he said he had stopped at a red light a block away from City Hall when he saw that the crash had happened.

Family members say they believe the trooper may have been chasing the car driven by Johnson.

Stay with ABC2 News for additional details.

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