BRATTLEBORO -- An 18-year-old Guilford man will serve a four-year deferred sentence and will be put on four years of probation after pleading guilty to three charges Tuesday.
Michael Angelo Locascio pleaded guilty in Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division to driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury. He was ordered to perform 500 hours of community service. According to court documents, 100 of those hours will consist of speaking to high school students -- a deferred sentence when he will not actually be in jail.
If Locascio completes his community service, the felonies he committed will be expunged from his record.
Locascio also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to 12 to 24 months, all suspended, with four years of probation. Deputy State’s Attorney Steve Brown said Locascio faces more than 20 years behind bars if he violates his probation.
Locascio also came to a restitution agreement with a victim that was seriously injured by his actions. Locascio will pay the victim $10,000 at the rate of $50 a week, beginning on Tuesday, May 7.
According to court documents, Locascio got behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on Oct. 27, 2012, and crashed on Interstate 91. He then fled on foot from the scene, leaving one of his passengers critically injured and moaning for help. The passenger, who has agreed to the restitution agreement, suffered two fractures in his spine, five fractured ribs and a fractured sternum.
Vermont State Trooper Nader Hashim arrived at the scene and found a 2012 Jeep Liberty flipped onto its side in the median roughly 40 yards north of the roadway. Hashim found an empty Burnett’s Vodka bottle, a partially-full bottle of Ciroc Red Berry Vodka and empty Coors Light cans inside the vehicle.
Locascio was returned to the scene by the mother of one of his friends. He was processed for DUI.
During a follow-up interview, authorities learned Locascio and his friends, all of whom were under the legal drinking age of 21, had attended a party in Whitingham. An altercation broke out and Locascio and his underaged passengers headed to Keene, N.H., in hopes of finding another party.
Police had previously reported Locascio was driving seven other individuals in a vehicle. Three of the injured passengers were taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital -- two were released with minor injuries while the third was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. None of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt.
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