- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A judge has found a plea agreement in a fatal Branford drunken driving case inappropriate and transferred it for additional plea negotiations.

The New Haven Register reports (https://bit.ly/1B4oo4W ) that the agreement called for Vincent Mauro of Branford to get a maximum of one year in prison. He crashed a car Aug. 18, 2013, while driving under the influence of alcohol, killing his wife, passenger Megan McAuliffe.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Maureen Keegan said the plea will stand, but the case will be transferred to another judge to negotiate terms of his sentence.

Megan McAuliffe’s family objected to the plea agreement, saying they were not notified in advance.

Mauro pleaded no contest to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle. He said he wants to serve his time and stop the suffering for both families.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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