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