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23 June 2009


Somebody just asked me what I thought about this Daily News story...
For four days, Lemuel Payne hid his damaged Mercedes-Benz; three times he allegedly skipped out on home monitoring; and for almost a year, he kept silent. But Payne, 27, admitted his role for the first time in last year's hit-and-run death of 16-year-old Faith Sinclair in Sharon Hill by pleading guilty yesterday to charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and of tampering with evidence.
The guilty plea came one day before he was to go to trial in Delaware County Court.
Kim Ferrell, Sinclair's mother, said she was glad for the plea because it saved her family from the agony of a trial.
"But they're still just words," she said. "Show me, don't tell because I have yet to see remorse."

I feel Kim's pain, but hope she can take solace in the fact that the person who hit-and-ran her daughter was caught, and will be punished. Even if Payne sounds like the dictionary entry for recidivist dirtbag, he's prison-bound, which counts for something.
He'll be sentenced to up to 9 years on July 20.


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