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Connecticut man gets 15-18 years for deadly Mass. crash

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published August 02. 2013 7:00AM   Updated August 02. 2013 7:11AM

Pittsfield, Mass. (AP) — A Connecticut man with a history of drunken driving infractions will serve up to 18 years in prison for causing a crash that killed one person and seriously injured another in Massachusetts last year.

Frederick Weller of Newtown, Conn., pleaded guilty in Berskhire Superior Court Thursday to vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other charges.

Prosecutors said Weller's truck slammed head-on into a car on Route 7 in Sheffield, seriously injuring the car's driver. The truck then landed on top of a car driven by Moira Banks-Dobson, killing the 24-year-old Sheffield woman.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that in sentencing Weller to 15-18 years in prison, Judge John Agostini cited his previous crimes and said Weller showed clear disrespect for the law.

Weller's lawyer said his client was remorseful and grew up in an alcoholic household.

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