Winston-Salem officer charged in fatal wreck will not get jail time

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Sgt. John William Leone Jr.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer convicted for his role in a fatal wreck in 2015 will not get jail time, according to Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill.

Sgt. John William Leone Jr., 48, pleaded guilty Nov. 18 in Forsyth Superior Court to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the death of Alan Edward Dunnagan, 67, of Winston-Salem.

In November, Judge Fritz Mercer deferred judgement in the case for six months. Leone was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and pay court costs.

With Leone back in court Wednesday, Judge Thomas Foster determined that he had performed 210 hours of community service and complied with other conditions, including paying court costs.

The accident happened on May 13, 2015, at about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Reynolda and Polo roads. Leone’s police cruiser ran a red light and collided with a pickup driven by Dunnagan.

Dunnagan was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and died on May 23.

At the November hearing, Assistant District Attorney Matt Breeding said Leone was not impaired and was not distracted by his cell phone or computer.

After an internal investigation, Leone was suspended without pay on Jan. 11 for a violation of a policy or procedure of the Winston-Salem Police Department. By the end of March, Leone was back on active duty.

The most jail time Leone could have gotten was 60 days. He had no prior criminal record.