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Man gets a year in jail for crash that killed his mother

July 5, 2019

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who admitted being under the influence of drugs during a car crash that killed his mother is going to spend at least a year in jail.

The Rutland Herald reports that 42-year-old Joseph L. Mailhiot pleaded guilty to the charge. He was sentenced in Rutland.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed a charge of grossly negligent driving.

Mailhiot admitted that prior to the 2017 crash, he had taken a variety of legal and illegal drugs, including 5 milligrams of oxycodone, heroin and unspecified amounts of marijuana. The crash killed his mother, 63-year-old Detra Coltey Mailhiot.

The crash occurred in Killington, when the car Mailhiot was driving went off the road and hit trees.

Mailhiot told the judge he had been trying to quit drugs.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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