TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—District Attorney Matthew Van Houten announced Aug. 18, 2022, that 32-year-old Jonathan A. Roberts of Elmira has been charged with a four-count indictment following the early morning crash in Newfield that killed 49-year-old Leon Arguello on March 19.

Van Houten presented the case to the Tompkins County Grand Jury on Aug. 11, and Roberts was indicted with manslaughter in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident without reporting.

The manslaughter charge has a maximum penalty of an indeterminate sentence of five to 15 years of imprisonment.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation, with assistance from the Collision Reconstruction Unit of the New York State Police.

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