Plea deal reached in 2016 UTV death

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BRATTLEBORO — A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a Westminster man charged in the death of his fiance in 2016.

In Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, David Sleigh, attorney for Andrew Ielpi, told Judge John Treadwell that he would share more details of the plea agreement on Friday, March 15, at 8:30 a.m.

Ielpi was charged with one count of grossly negligent vehicle operation resulting in death and one count of manslaughter for the May 22, 2016, utility vehicle crash that killed Angelique Frost, who was then 23.

According to court documents, Ielpi was driving a six-wheeled utility vehicle when, at the urging of Frost "to go get some air" over a culvert in a privately-owned road in Westminster, he lost control and crashed, throwing Frost off the vehicle and into a tree. Ielpi and his parents transported Frost's body to an urgent care facility in Bellows Falls only to find the clinic closed. They then drove to the Bellows Falls Police Department, where Frost was declared dead.

Sleigh told the Reformer he had no comment on the plea deal. Rebecca Kemp, Frost's mother, also said she had no comment at this time.

Ielpi is also facing charges that he took a deer out of season. On Nov. 25, 2018, Vermont Game Warden Lt. Dennis Amsden responded to a report from Putney that two men in a blue truck were driving up and down South Valley Road, shining a flashlight into the fields. The complainant told dispatch that she then heard a gun shot and saw the two men walking into the field to find what they had shot at.

Following an investigation, Ielpi was also charged with taking big game by illegal means, using a light to take game, carrying a loaded rifle in a motor vehicle and violating the conditions of his release for the two charges related to the UTV crash.

Ielpi also faces a civil suit filed by Rebecca Kemp. She is seeking $3 million from not only Ielpi, but also his mother, Yesenia Major; his step-father, David Major; the owners of Milky Way Road, where the crash occurred; and the owner of the utility vehicle.

Ielpi's biological father, Jonathan Ielpi, was 29 and a New York City firefighter who died when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com. The Reformer received assistance on this story from staffers at Newsday in Melville, N.Y.


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