Trucker's apology sounds hollow, says mother of Bellevue toddler killed in crash

Leamond Pierce

LINCOLN — Police used a Taser to subdue a fugitive from Delaware who was arrested this week on a Nebraska warrant for motor vehicle homicide.

Leamond Pierce, 53, ran Monday afternoon as he was approached by four law enforcement officers in O'Fallon, Ill., said Don Slazinik, the U.S. Marshal for southern Illinois.

“When he was cornered, he resisted arrest,” Slazinik said Tuesday. “He fought, so one of the officers tased him.”

Pierce, a paroled killer from Delaware who was on the loose for nearly three months, was outside an assisted living center. Slazinik said he has been told Pierce's father lives at the center.

Investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service in Delaware asked their counterparts in Illinois to make the arrest.

Three deputy U.S. Marshals and an O'Fallon police officer arrested Pierce, who was not armed. He was being held Tuesday in Illinois, where he must decide whether to fight extradition.

Pierce served 13 years of a life sentence after he was convicted of second-degree murder for a 1981 shooting in Wilmington, Del. He was originally paroled in 1995, although he has an extensive history of parole violations.

He now faces a misdemeanor charge of motor-vehicle homicide for a Dec. 3, 2011, crash on Interstate 80 that killed 2-year-old Aidan Curry of Omaha. Pierce was driving a semitrailer eastbound on the Interstate near Lincoln when he struck the rear of a Toyota Camry that also carried the boy's parents and sister.

Under the terms of his parole, Pierce was not supposed to leave Delaware without permission.

It was unclear Tuesday where Pierce will eventually be sent. In Nebraska, he faces up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine if convicted. In Delaware, he faces revocation of parole and a return to prison.

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