MIAMI COUNTY — The Clayton man who fled from officers and caused a fatal crash last March entered a guilty plea on Thursday to felony vehicular homicide and other charges in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Jordan Harville, 25, entered a plea of guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated vehicular homicide, third-degree failure to comply and fourth-degree grand theft auto. A joint plea agreement of 10 years of prison on all three counts was agreed to in exchange for dismissing the second degree felony vehicular homicide and to drop last week’s motion to suppress, which was submitted to the court. He is not eligible for early release and will serve five years of mandatory post-release control following his release from prison. The fleeing and eluding charge has a mandatory three-year consecutive sentence requirement.
Harville could face up to 15 1/2 years on all charges. He also could lose his driving privileges for three years to life. Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee ordered Harville to undergo a pre-sentence investigation. His sentencing hearing was set for Sept. 18.
Last week, Harville’s defense attorney Robert Long filed a motion to suppress under the condition Harville was not properly given his Miranda rights after he was detained and statements he had made during the aftermath of the collision were inadmissible. Harville had admitted to officers and medics that he had used heroin as he fled from several law enforcement agencies before causing the fatal crash on March 27.
On March 27, Harville fled police in a stolen truck from Fletcher, led police officers on a pursuit on southbound Interstate 75, through Vandalia on North Dixie Drive. The pursuit ended after Harville struck a vehicle killing Anthony Hufford, 28, of Englewood, during the pursuit. Hufford was pronounced dead at the scene.
In an unrelated case, Harville was charged with disorderly conduct following a fight in the Miami County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. Harville, along with inmate Cody Mills, allegedly attacked an inmate in his bunk as he slept.
He remains in the Miami County Jail on $100,000 bond.