Man Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Manslaughter in Vernon Crash | Crime and courts
VERNON – A man from Ellington agreed to a deal on Friday and pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter in the death of a Vernon motorcyclist last year in exchange for a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.
Mark Desmarais, 47, was drinking at three establishments before the crash, state attorney Matthew C. Gedansky said in a statement announcing the deal. He had an alcohol content in his blood twice the legal limit.
The accident happened shortly before 9 p.m. on November 27, when Willie Cooper, 61, of the Rockville section of Vernon, was riding his motorcycle on Talcotville Road and an SUV operated by Desmarais collided with him .
Police attempted to save Cooper before transporting him to Rockville General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Gedansky said. Charges against Desmarais were not immediately filed.
Gedansky said during their investigation, Vernon police discovered Desmarais was drinking at three establishments before the crash.
“Blood samples obtained from Desmarais shortly after the incident showed he was more than double the legal limit with blood alcohol levels of 0.197 and 0.187,” Gedansky said.
Court records indicate that Desmarais was arrested in January and charged with second degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle under the influence, not yielding in a left turn and to drive in the wrong lane. He is free on a $ 75,000 bond.
Desmarais will be sentenced on Jan. 14 and will serve “a period of incarceration of five to eight years among other sentences,” Gedansky said.
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