KC man pleads guilty in deadly hit and run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man admitted to driving while drunk, running a red light and killing a motorcyclist before leaving the scene of an accident.
 

That guilty plea comes with an agreement from the state that he will serve no more than 120 days in prison.
 

Ronald O'Kelly wore a gray suit as he stood in front of a Jackson County judge. The 25-year-old pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident as part of a plea agreement.

O'Kelly admitted to driving drunk on April 7, 2013, running a red light near Bannister and Wornall Roads, and hitting 57-year-old Leroy Bronson on his motorcycle. O'Kelly then left the scene of the accident.

The Bronson family sat in disappointment as they heard the plea agreement. But sadly, the family is familiar with tragedy at the hands of a drunk driver.

In July of 2011, Leroy Bronson's wife and daughter were also killed by a drunk driver.

Donna Jean Bronson remembers going through that tragedy with her brother. She's surprised that her brother's killer could spend less than six months in jail.

"I wasn't expecting justice. I know about these things when you're rich and you have money. The illegal aliens that killed his wife and daughter, he got 15 years, and this boy is going to get 120 days," Bronson said.

O'Kelly's attorney John Picerno described his client as remorseful and said he does plan to address the family before sentencing.

"He realizes what he did and someone lost their life. He's had a tough year already. And the decision whether to go to trial or take this plea deal was not easy," Picerno said.

O'Kelly's sentencing is scheduled for June 27.

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