Reeco Richardson, the 19-year-old lone survivor of a fiery car crash in Chevy Chase in March, was found guilty Friday of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, rogue and vagabond, but the jury hung on the greater charge of auto theft.
Richardson of Washington D.C., was released on bond and is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 12. He faces four years in prison for the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle conviction and three years on the misdemeanor conviction of rogue and vagabond.
“Today, Mr. Richardson was held accountable for his involvement in the tragedy at Chevy Chase Circle where three people died as a result of ‘joy-riding’ in a stolen vehicle,” said Ramon Korionoff, Montgomery County State’s Attorney press spokesman.
Richardson was a passenger in a stolen car that crashed into a tree in Chevy Chase Circle on March 23 following a brief, high-speed chase with police. Both backseat passengers of the vehicle, brothers Emanuel Nelson, 16, and Tyree Nelson, 14, died in the fire sparked by the crash, while the driver, Reynard Osman, 16, died from injuries in a county hospital March 28.
Richardson alleges that police officers rammed the car causing it to careen off the road and into a tree. He has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Montgomery County Police Department.
This week, Richardson faced charges of unlawfully taking a vehicle, theft of more than $1,000, unauthorized removal of property and rouge and vagabond. Friday a jury found him guilty of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and the misdemeanor of rogue and vagabond, but did not convict him of the other charges.
Korionoff said the state’s attorney’s office has requested “a full pre-sentence investigation to find out his full involvement in the juvenile system.”