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Man found guilty of killing 9-year-old in Hamilton hit-and-run crash

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 09:05:06-04

HAMILTON — The man accused of killing 9-year-old Robert Leonardi in a hit-and-run crash last July was found guilty.

Joseph McNamara was on trial last week for numerous charges including negligent homicide, and three counts criminal endangerment. He was found guilty on all charges on Friday, except for one count of criminal endangerment.

Some of the other charges include drug charges, tampering with evidence and failure to remain at the scene of a crash.

Prosecutors say on July 7, 2019, Leonardi was hit by a vehicle traveling at high speeds near Golf Course Road in Hamilton, where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour.

Leonardi died from his injuries.

After hearing witness statements and viewing the scene of the crash and the vehicle McNamara was allegedly driving, the jury deliberated. The verdict was returned after 8 p.m. last Friday.

McNamara is set to be sentenced on August 24 at 9 a.m.