Delaware fugitive charged in 2-year-old's death appears in court

Leamond Pierce, 53, arrived at the Lancaster County jail late Wednesday, 10 days after he was arrested in O’Fallon, Ill.


LINCOLN — A Delaware fugitive made his first court appearance Thursday in Nebraska, where he faces a motor vehicle homicide charge in the death of a 2-year-old Omaha boy.

Leamond Pierce, 53, arrived at the Lancaster County jail late Wednesday, 10 days after he was arrested in O’Fallon, Ill. The paroled killer from Delaware eluded authorities for nearly three months after he was charged with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide for a crash that occurred Dec. 3, 2011, near Lincoln.

On Thursday, a judge ordered Pierce held on $25,000 bail. His next court appearance was scheduled for Sept. 24.

Pierce, who said he is unemployed, was assigned a public defender to represent him.

He is on parole for the 1981 murder of a Wilmington, Del., man. He violated parole when he was driving a semitrailer on an icy Interstate 80 and crashed into the rear of a Toyota Camry, killing 2-year-old Aidan Curry of Omaha. The boy’s parents and sister survived.

In Nebraska, he faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. After his Nebraska case is closed, he will be returned to his home state.

The Delaware Board of Parole board’s options include returning Pierce to prison or ordering a lower level of supervision.

Pierce has violated his parole repeatedly and has been returned to state custody three times since 1995.

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