Sheriff's deputy takes plea deal in crash that killed 2

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Sheriff's deputy who was charged with felony manslaughter will not spend any time in jail after a plea bargain Thursday morning, according to the District Attorney's office.

Supervising Deputy D.A. Michael Yraceburn said Deputy John Swearengin pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.

With the acceptance of the plea bargain, Swearengin will serve no jail time but will be required to do 480 hours of community service and three years of probation.

His formal sentencing is set for September 4.

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Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Hiler and 30-year-old Chrystal Jolley were killed when a patrol car driven by Swearengin hit them at the intersection of Norris Road and Diana Drive in Oildale.

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According to the investigation, Swearengin was on his way to a call and driving in excess of 80 miles per hour when he hit and killed Hiler and Jolley.

The families of the victims gathered at the crash site Thursday to express their feelings on the outcome of the decision.

At a press conference Thursday, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said a discipline review board will review the case and in the next couple of weeks recommend any disciplinary action.

Deputy Swearengin remains on paid administrative leave.

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