A New Jersey man with three earlier DUI convictions is going through 5 years in jail in a drunken crash that killed an aged driver, prosecutors stated.
Douglas Thompson, 56, of Jackson, pleaded responsible Thursday to dying by auto in an October 2019 rear-end wreck in Toms River that killed 65-year-old Thomas Marciano, who later died from his accidents weeks later, Ocean County prosecutors said.
Thompson’s blood alcohol content material on the time was 0.17 p.c, or greater than double the state’s authorized restrict of 0.08, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer stated.
Prosecutors will suggest a sentence of 5 years in jail when Thompson is sentenced in January. He’ll additionally plead responsible at sentencing to driving whereas intoxicated – his fourth drunk driving offense, the Asbury Park Press reported.
“Is it true that this shall be your fourth offense?” Superior Courtroom Choose Man Ryan requested Thompson throughout Thursday’s video listening to.
“Sure, your honor,” Thompson replied. He additionally admitted having “six, possibly seven” beers earlier than slamming into the rear of Marciano’s 2014 Hyundai Elantra, in keeping with the newspaper.
Thompson’s license had already been suspended on the time, an indictment reveals.
A compulsory 180-day jail sentence for a fourth DUI conviction will run concurrently to Thompson’s jail time period as a part of a plea settlement, Ocean County assistant prosecutor Robert Cassidy stated.
Cassidy may also suggest Thompson lose his license for 10 years resulting from his fourth DUI and up between 5 years to life for the dying by auto conviction, the newspaper reported.
Cassidy intends to ask that the suspensions run consecutively, which means Thompson can be barred from driving for at the least 15 years.
Thompson was indicted in February on expenses of vehicular murder, strict legal responsibility vehicular murder and inflicting a dying whereas driving with a suspended license, NJ.com reported.
Counts of vehicular murder and inflicting a dying whereas driving with a suspended license shall be dropped as a part of the plea deal, the Asbury Park Press reported.