Fatal Drunk Driving Crash Sends Attleboro Man to State Prison
ATTLEBORO (WBSM) — An Attleboro man has been sentenced to state prison on manslaughter and OUI charges.
Russell Stone, 63, pled guilty to charges of manslaughter while under the influence and OUI with serious bodily injury that resulted in the death of Therea McNutt, 36, of Attleboro.
On June 7, 2020, Norton Police responded to Oak Street after receiving a 911 call regarding a single-vehicle crash at around 3:51 p.m. Upon arrival, first responders found McNutt unconscious in the back seat of Stone’s car.
She had suffered severe head trauma and was declared deceased at the scene.
Witnesses at the scene reported that a female victim in the passenger seat had gotten out of the vehicle allegedly screaming that she told Stone to slow down moments before the vehicle crashed into the tree.
The victim suffered a fractured spine and three fractures in her left arm as a result of the crash. They also told police that Stone was allegedly screaming that he “wanted to die” moments before the crash happened.
During a police investigation, several empty nip bottles were found in the vehicle, in which the DNA on the bottles matched Stone’s. A blood test from the hospital also showed that his blood alcohol level was .184, more than twice the legal limit.
After further investigation, it was also revealed that Stone was driving 51 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone.
Stone was sentenced to serve five to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to two indictments in Fall River Superior Court.
“The defendant should not have been behind the wheel because of his intoxicated state," District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said. "His reckless driving caused the death of an innocent person. The sentence is appropriate to hold the defendant accountable."
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