Oakland man guilty in manslaughter case

Posted Feb. 06, 2009, at 9:28 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A 41-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter for a fatal accident in which he crashed his flatbed truck head-on into an oncoming vehicle while driving drunk.

Roger Linton of Oakland entered his plea in Kennebec County Superior Court to manslaughter, aggravated operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

The charges stem from an Oct. 7, 2008, accident in Chelsea that killed 27-year-old James Carey.

District Attorney Evert Fowle said a sentencing recommendation calling for a maximum of seven years in prison has been accepted by Justice Nancy Mills. A sentencing hearing is expected in March.

Fowle said Linton had three previous drunken-driving convictions between 1986 and 1990.