Ex-Boise State player enters plea in fatal crash

Updated: February 16, 2006, 7:21 AM ET
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- A former Boise State University football player has entered a modified guilty plea to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident in which three members of a Boise family died.

Cam Hall, 23, a native of Kennewick, Wash., entered an Alford plea Wednesday in 4th District Court, not directly admitting guilt but conceding a jury would likely convict him for his actions in when Tony and Stephanie Perfect, both 23, and their 5-month-old daughter Zoe died in the crash. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a reckless driving charge.

Hall is requesting a withheld judgment, which would result in removal of the felony from his record if he meets conditions set by a judge, and Ada County deputy prosecutor Patrick H. Owen said he would support the request.

The maximum penalty for leaving the scene of an accident is five years.

"My agreement with the defense is that probation and jail is an appropriate resolution and withheld judgment is appropriate," Owen said.

Hall originally faced involuntarily manslaughter charges, which were dropped in October.

His plea came two days after Mark Lazinka, 45, pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors said they would recommend that he be sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and be barred from seeking probation for at least 15 years.

Sentencing for both is set for April 10.

State Police said Hall and Lazinka were racing on May 7 when Lazinka's truck smashed into the Perfect family car as it turned onto Idaho 55.

Hall avoided the car but didn't stop. He later called his football coach to tell him about the accident.

Lazinka's blood alcohol level was .17 at the time, more than double the legal .08 limit, investigators said. Forensic tests showed Tony Perfect had drunk alcohol and used methamphetamine.

Hall took himself off the Boise State roster following the accident but was reinstated after two games. He missed the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise in December after being declared academically ineligible.

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