Hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty

A 27-year-old man who fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run incident in the Meijer parking lot in Three Rivers pleaded guilty in St. Joseph County Circuit Court.

Thomas Stambaugh appeared Monday before Judge Paul Stutesman. Stambaugh pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license causing death. The incident occurred June 18 and killed 62-year-old Three Rivers resident Laura Jacobs.

Stambaugh, a habitual offender, could potentially be sentenced to life in prison. Stutesman agreed to drop a charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death.

On July 17, Stambaugh was taken into custody by Michigan State Police fugitive team members. He was apprehended at a Constantine-area residence on Featherstone Road. He was taken into custody on a charge of absconding parole.

Stambaugh, who has three prior felony charges, will be sentenced Nov. 13.

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