STAUNTON — A hesitant judge convicted a Waynesboro teen of aggravated DUI manslaughter Monday, but called a plea agreement’s suggested maximum sentence of two years in prison “rather lenient.”|
By entering an Alford plea, Jason M. Steidel, 19, acknowledged that evidence against him was strong enough to convict while not admitting his guilt in a Dec. 12, 2007, crash that killed passenger and friend Timothy Moran, 19, Crimora.
State police estimate Steidel’s 2002 Ford Mustang GT was traveling between 113 and 128 mph on Route 612 near Crimora when it went off the right side of the road on a slight curve.
The car plowed through two fences, scraped several cedar trees, went airborne “like a pole vault,” hit another tree 8 feet above the ground and came to rest 625 feet from the road.
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