Man convicted in crash that killed local woman

A Hamilton man was convicted Thursday following a two-day trial of felony charge of failing to stop after an accident that killed a woman.

Julio Cesar Olvera, 24, of North Fifth St., faces up to 36 months in prison after being behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit and killed Jennifer Bowling while she was driving on Martin Luther King Boulevard in April 2011.

But it is a lesser sentence than he received after pleading no contest to the same charge last year do to new sentencing laws that took place in September, according to Prosecutor Michael Gmoser.

Olvera received a five-ear prison sentence, but his case was returned on appeal to Butler County Common Pleas Court because the 12th District Court of Appeals determined he was miss informed when he entered his no contest plea about his right to appeal, according to court official.

Olvera plead guilty to misdemeanor charges in connection with the accident of vehicular manslaughter and driving left of center in Hamilton Municipal Court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

He is scheduled to be sentenced for the felony charge on Sept. 17 by visiting Judge Guy Guckenberger.

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