4-year sentence sought in fatal boating crash

Posted Nov. 12, 2008, at 10:02 a.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Prosecutors are seeking a 4-year prison sentence for a Massachusetts man in connection with a boat collision that left two people dead.

But the defense will be seeking a lesser sentence for Robert LaPointe of Medway, Mass., who was convicted in September on two counts of aggravated operating under the influence in the Aug. 11, 2007, crash on Long Lake in Harrison.

A jury deadlocked on the more serious charges of manslaughter.

The Portland Press Herald says LaPointe told the judge in a letter that he prays every day for the victims. Killed were 55-year-old Terry Raye Trott of Harrison and 44-year-old Suzanne Groetzinger of Berwick.

Three hours after the crash, LaPointe’s blood-alcohol content was 0.11 percent.