A New Jersey man who intentionally ran over a man in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Bristol Township earlier this year pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, and was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in state prison.
Daniel Stephen Dietrich, 46, of Palmyra, entered guilty pleas to voluntary manslaughter, accidents involving death or personal injury, accidents involving death or injury while not licensed and driving on a suspended driver’s license.
In the emotional plea hearing, Common Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh heard several victim impact statements from the parents, daughter, fiancé, and friends of Jason Smith, 47, of Levittown, described as a wonderful person who was “deeply loved by so many.”
“I not only lost my dad, but I lost a huge part of me that I will never get back,” his daughter said.
As part of a negotiated plea, McHugh sentenced Dietrich to nine to 18 years on the voluntary manslaughter charge and three to six years on the count of accidents involving death or personal injury, with both sentences running consecutively.