Judge says he doesn’t believe jail will change this “serious…violent criminal”
From North Adams Transcript
PITTSFIELD — Calling it the most disturbing vehicular homicide case he’s presided over, a Superior Court judge sentenced a Connecticut man with a history of drunken driving convictions to up to 18 years in prison for causing the death of a Sheffield woman.
Frederick J. Weller, 36, is a “serious criminal at times a violent criminal” with “a clear disrespect for the law in every aspect,” Judge John A. Agostini said.
Weller was drunk the night of Feb. 28, 2012, when he caused the multi-car accident on Route 7 in Sheffield that killed 24-year-old Moira Banks-Dobson and seriously injured former Great Barrington resident Russell Brown.
Weller, of Sandy Hook, Conn., pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide, a seventh drunken driving charge, and seven other charges.
Handing Weller 15 to 18 years at the Cedar Junction state prison, Agostini said he didn’t believe jail would change Weller. ….MORE