Man pleads guilty in deadly I-40 hit-and-run

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Marshall Doran (WTVD)

The man who killed two good Samaritans in a 2014 wreck appeared at the Wake County Justice Center Monday and pleaded guilty.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says Marshall Doran was driving under the influence at the time of the February 2014 crash along Interstate 40 in Raleigh.

Authorities have said Doran ran off the road to avoid a vehicle that had spun out on the road, but instead hit the two good Samaritans who were helping the stuck vehicle. Doran fled the scene, but was later arrested.

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The good Samaritans - Navy sailor Nathaniel Williams, 43, of Hope Mills, and truck driver Larry Kepley, 39, of Winston Salem, died at the scene.

Their families were in court Monday.

"Through God's eyes of grace, I am able to forgive you today for what you have done to my husband and knowing that now that my journey has ended with you," said Jennifer Kepley.

Doran, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony hit and run resulting in death. As part of the negotiated plea, the state agreed to drop charges of felony death by vehicle, DWI, and possession of methamphetamine.

He was recently sentenced to two consecutive life terms after pleading guilty to starting fires at Carolina Beach that killed two women in 2014. Monday, 4-6 years were added to that sentence.

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Doran set three separate fires that damaged two condos and cars. Seventy-two-year-old Mary Cochran and 43-year-old Darlene Maslar died in the fires.


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