Granger man guilty of running over 16-year-old boy

Zachary Sanders (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police Department)

A jury needed four hours of deliberations Thursday to find a Granger man guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal hit-and-run of a 16-year-old boy.

In February, an SUV hit Troy Mapes in Crawford Park. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Zachary Sanders was behind the wheel of the vehicle and that he ran over Mapes. This after the teen robbed him at gunpoint during an alleged drug sale, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Sanders said he felt like he was in danger and that’s when he hit the gas, which caused him to run over Mapes.

Sanders’ sentencing is next month. He’s facing between 10 years and 30 years in prison. Meanwhile, three others have already three pleaded guilty to robbery for their roles in the crime.

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