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Tentative deal reached in Easthampton fatal crash

October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Springfield man police say was drunk when he crashed his van in Easthampton last year, killing his 3-year-old daughter and the driver of another vehicle, has reached a tentative plea deal.

An attorney for Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield told a judge his client plans to plead guilty to at least one charge related to the December accident.

Velasquez is being held on $100,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges including two counts of negligent motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and manslaughter.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/1t2vYLj ) reports that his defense attorney and the prosecutor told the judge that while they have reached a tentative plea deal, they are not in agreement about sentencing.

The next court date is Nov. 17.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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