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A man who killed five teenagers while driving the wrong way on a Vermont return, nearly three years ago, was on Monday convicted and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.
The man, Steven Bourgoin, 38, apologized to the families of the young people at his sentencing hearing in Burlington in the trial. He was found guilty in May of five counts of second-degree murder, in addition to a case of gross negligence on the part of the driving and the driving of a vehicle without the owner’s permission.
In the process, he admitted that he was in a collision with a car carrying five teenagers, in the October of 2016, but argued he was insane at the time.
In this May 15, swimming pool, photograph,, Steven, Bourgoin notes of his murder trial in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington. Bourgoin, was on Monday convicted and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for causing an October, 2016, with a crash that killed five teenagers. (Glenn Russell/VTDigger.apply through the AP Pool, File)
The crash killed Mary Harris, 16, of Moretown; Cyrus Zschau, 16, of Moretown; Liam Hale, 16, of Fayston; Janie Cozzi, 15, of Fayston; and Eli Brookens, 16, of Waterbury.
Bourgoin was heading south on Interstate 89 when he turned around to go to the north in the south lanes of traffic at about 90 miles per hour, according to police. He was in a collision with a car carrying the teens in Williston.
During the trial, psychiatrists said that the days of the crashm Bourgoin was thinking that he was on a secret mission, and he believed that he was in danger. She told me that he thought he was getting the signals, lights, radio, and tv static is about what to do next.
The prosecutor said Bourgoing, had to contend with issues related to relationships, finances, and the care and custody of the children.
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After the crash, the investigators said, ” Bourgoin stole the police cruiser of an officer who responded to the scene. So he rode away, and came back to the scene, a second crash that injured several people, The Burlington Free Press reported.
The parents of the teens, says Bourgoing stable, their children and their children had to be held accountable for their actions. It is, in order to obtain credit for a period of three years will be served.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.