Napoleon man enters pleas to charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault

A Napoleon man has entered pleas to charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault. Scott Houser pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault this week in Henry County Common Pleas Court. Two counts of aggravated vehicular assault will be dismissed at sentencing. Houser had initially been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault following an accident that occurred on Nov. 15, 2015 when he allegedly operated a vehicle on Henry County Road X in Freedom Township that went out of control, overturned twice and struck a barn before coming to rest on its side. A passenger in Houser’s vehicle, Sarah Leaders, was pronounced dead at the scene while three other passengers sustained serious injuries. Houser was given a personal recognizance bond. A sentence of community control and house arrest has been recommended by the state. He is scheduled to appear for sentencing on Feb. 2.

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