November 1, 2012

Maine man gets 5 years for fatal crash

William Barton of Mars Hill is ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution and fined $2,100 for the September 2011 crash that killed one man and injured another.

The Associated Press

CARIBOU — A northern Maine man has been sentenced to five years in jail for being drunk and causing a traffic crash that took the life of one man and seriously injured another.

William Barton of Mars Hill was also ordered Wednesday to pay $20,000 in restitution and fined $2,100 for the September 2011 crash that killed Nathan York and injured Herb Young. Both were passengers in the vehicle struck by Barton's pickup truck.

The 52-year-old Barton was convicted last month of aggravated operating under the influence causing death and aggravated operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury in Aroostook County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Barton was driving home after working in Portland and had been drinking beer and taking Nyquil for a cold.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Barton expressed remorse.

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