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Poplar Bluff man pleads guilty to charges in deadly hit-and-run

Randel N. Sparks (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department) Randel N. Sparks (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)
Ben Ressel (Source: Butler County Jail) Ben Ressel (Source: Butler County Jail)
Heavenly Hafford (Source: Family) Heavenly Hafford (Source: Family)
This is the intersection where investigators said Heavenly was hit. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) This is the intersection where investigators said Heavenly was hit. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Poplar Bluff, Missouri man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to the hit-and-run death of Heavenly Hafford.

Randel Sparks pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.

Sparks hit Hafford,13, on Dec. 9, 2015 as she was walking near the intersection of Highway PP and Maud Street.

He entered that guilty plea in Greene County after a change of venue request. Sparks is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20.

Another man, Ben Ressel, also faces charges in connection to Hafford's death.

Ressel faces felony charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution. His case was transferred to Pemiscot County on a change of venue request.

His attorney said Ressel turned himself in on Februrary 10, 2017. He was booked and released on a $25,000 bond.

He was originally arrested in Dec. 2015, but was never charged.

A special prosecutor was named to the case in July 2016.

Ressel is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 11.

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