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Minneapolis man pleads guilty to killing teen pedestrian in police chase

He's expected to spend 20 years in prison.

A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to fatally striking a 16-year-old pedestrian with his car while fleeing police. The incident happened in September.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Minneapolis police caught Howard Amos speeding and tried to pull him over. But the 36-year-old fled in his vehicle.

At one point, officials said he was going 55 mph in a residential area and ran a stop sign.

A teenager from Arizona – Diana Garcia-Alvarado – had been walking home with her boyfriend around that time. They were both standing on a median when they heard sirens, the attorney's office said.

The teen's boyfriend told police she panicked and ran across the street to another curb. However, Amos' vehicle hit the roundabout and bounced over to the curb where Garcia-Alvarado was.

The teenage girl later died at the hospital. At the time, doctors reported that she had been about 12 weeks pregnant.

When the incident happened, authorities said Amos also had two felony warrants for his arrest – one for burglary and possession of stolen property charges, and another for fleeing in a motor vehicle.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday that Amos will be sentenced April 7. He's expected to get 240 months (20 years) in prison.

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