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Donnie Sayers Rejects Plea Agreement And Chooses Trial Instead

Donnie Sayers, a 29-year-old Bryn Mawr resident, was charged with third-degree murder for a fatal high-speed vehicle collision in September that killed Villanova engineering student Daniel M. Giletta. Authorities also charged Sayers with DUI, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, homicide by vehicle, receiving stolen property, and other related offenses.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sayers was speeding in a stolen Range Rover and drove up to 100 mph in an attempt to get away from police when he crashed into a Volkswagon Jetta. Giletta, 21, was immediately killed after the collision while his roommate, 21-year-old Frank "Patrick" DiChiara, suffered severe injuries.

Delaware County District Attorney Daniel McDevitt had offered Sayers a plea agreement for 12 to 25 years behind bars, but the defendant refused and chose to move forward with a trial instead. Sayers, who has an extensive criminal record, also decided to release his previous Philadelphia DUI lawyer and hired another private lawyer as a replacement.

McDevitt made it clear to the court that he would not be extending the plea agreement for Sayers. Since he refused the offer, Donnie Sayers now faces 41 to 82 years in jail if he gets convicted of the charges brought against him.

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