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Rensselaer Falls man who pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter expected to turn himself in

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A Rensselaer Falls man who pleaded guilty to striking and killing a Canton restaurant owner is about to turn himself in to state police, according to his attorney.

Daniel W. Lester, 28, of 8 Heuvelton St., had a warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to abide by his presentence release agreement.

St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button, who is representing him in the case, said Mr. Lester is expected to turn himself in today.

State police said Lester failed a drug test during a probation visit, testing positive for Suboxone. He was released pending the issue of an arrest warrant by County Judge Jerome J. Richards. Mr. Lester pleaded guilty in St. Lawrence County Court on April 24 to felony first-degree vehicular manslaughter in the death of Richard F. Morrow, 68, of Ellis Road, Canton. Mr. Lester faces four to 12 years in prison in a plea agreement that satisfied multiple charges against him.

At about 10:40 p.m. Dec. 23, Mr. Lester was driving on County Route 27 in Canton when his Toyota Corolla struck and killed Mr. Morrow as he rode his bicycle. Lester fled the scene.

Judge Richards released Mr. Lester under probation supervision as part of the plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. on July 7.

Mr. Lester faces four to 12 years in prison.

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