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  • seriously? All I can say is “Wow”.

  • Anonymous

    Why are the victims not considered  during these “agreements”?  
    Judge Susan Sparaco needs to try again.  Did she skip school during “victim impact” class?

    • Anonymous

      Good example of why judges should be elected, not appointed.

      • Guest

        That is a fairly good point, but even better example of keeping wuss DA’s out of office.  Judges do listen to the requests of DA’s in deals, but when the DA is a wuss????  They give wuss deals so it looks like a “win”.

  • Anonymous

    what a joke…….no lesson learned there 

    • Guest

      Oh there is a lesson learned……do a crime in waldo/Knox or Sag county and you stand a very good chance of walking because of a terrible DA…….

    • Sectar114

      So based on your comment, I am very interested in the sentence that you would have imposed. Please tell us…..thank you.

      • Anonymous

        I can’t even respond to that, I can’t seem to get past your ignorance….

        • Anonymous

          I don’t see how THEAT’s comment shows any sign of ignorance at all.. please, enlighten us.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately from a legal standpoint it doesnt matter what the father says Altiero admitted to as far as speed.  If the state’s expert can only “prove” he was going 50 mph then it would have been impossible to prosecute a manslaughter case.  It’s disappointing, but if they tried to go to trial without evidence he wouldn’t have gotten anything at all.

    • Anonymous

      Although he had been bragging to friends that he had been going 80 mph at some point during that night.  I realize that it doesn’t mean he was doing that then but it shows his disregard for life when he is going that fast.

      • Anonymous

        I am curious why everyone seems to draw conclusions that he was bragging….One can say a lot of comments when you are in shock, and in disbelief…and I don’t know what happened…but I don’t see anywhere in this story that says he was bragging.  

  • Why did the DA even agree to such a deal? Is the DA so back logged with cases they are forced into accepting this sort of deal?

    Did the judge also agree that 15 days was acceptable?

    I feel horrible for her family.

  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      This is neither relevant to the story nor is it constructive.

  • Anonymous

    So sad, A young lady who just started to live life was killed bu someone who was bragging how fast he was going before the crash. Doesn’t sound like he has much of a conscience.

    • Anonymous

      Seems kind of odd that he just happened to drop down to 50 mph when he crashed — bragging about doing 80 to his buds but when its law enforcement “no officer I was only doing 50 when I killed that girl”.  So sad that probably the family is “in” with someone in the DA’s office.

  • Guest

    I don’t know enough about this story to be completely honest, so maybe all of these responses are right on.  I just don’t know.

    If the boy was going 10 mph over the speed limit and had an accident that took this girls life, then I believe the punishment is adequate.  Could it have been more?  Absolutely, but was there intent?  Is there anything we know about this boy that would cause us to believe that he was reckless and dangerous, and if so why was this girl with him?  Would this boy going to jail for x number of years have really done that much to ease the pain that the family is feeling?  It’s not going to bring her back.  She still unfortunately will not have a wedding.  This is a tragedy without end for this poor family.  It’s a loss that cannot be measured.

    I don’t know about these comments though…is it some intrinsic need for “justice”?  Whatever that is these days.  Remember, he was being charged as a minor.  Alcohol was not a factor.  Sure, you could argue that speed was a factor, although I would wager that most everyone who has posted on this board has been guilty of going 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit on many occasions.  Most likely, this was caused by driver inexperience in some form or another.  I wasn’t in the car of course, but neither were any of you.  

    “The penalty for killing someone is two weeks in jail,”  I don’t know if you can ever truly understand the loss of a child unless you have lost a child, so I can’t judge anyone for their reaction to loss, but I can only pray that her father and mother understand that this penalty was not for the loss of their daughter, whose worth goes far beyond any jail sentence or monetary amount.  It was punishment for what could be proven by law.  That an inexperienced driver was speeding, although not excessively, and lost control of his car taking the life of another.

    This is a very sad situation and my prayers go out to the family of what seems like was a pretty amazing young lady.  It’s clear that she was loved, and will continue to be loved for a very long time.  Whether there is comfort in it or not, my family is praying for this family that they find support and love in this terrible time.

    • Anonymous

      No, the comments aren’t “right on”, but they’re about what you’d expect on something like this.  The whole thing is very sad.

    • Anonymous

       No, the MINIMUM he was going 50mph. He could very well have been going much faster.

      • Guest

        And that MAY be the case, but we really don’t know and certainly could not pass judgment as a court system based on that, right?

        • Anonymous

           Where in that post am I passing judgement?? I am just pointing out a detail that most of the people on here have missed.

  • i served 16 days for  habitiual  d w i  where is the justis

    • There is none you should have served more time than that as well.

    • Anonymous

      Did you finally learn to walk, call a cab, catch a ride? Maybe quit drinking?

    • Anonymous

      Do you mean DUI?  If so, are you kidding?  Only 16 days.  You should have been locked up for a year.  This kid was going 10 miles over the limit w/no indication of booze or drugs in his system.  Apples and oranges.  

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s right under the dictionary.. perhaps you should check there

  • you play you pay!!!!

    • Guest

      That is a very good, old saying….but in this case,….where’s the “you pay”?

  • Seriously, if it was you, do you think that the lesson learned would be from the sentence in a courtroom and in a jail or from the ever-present ache of living with the lapse of judgement that resulted in the death of a friend.  I would advocate for more community service, but leaving someone (especially someone young) in jail just means another citizen who can’t really participate or contribute to our society when they get out.  Which is a loss for all of us.
    Many of us have made this same mistake.  It just didn’t result in an accident and death.

  • Guest

    Yep, 15 days.  I guess my only surprise is that he got that much given that Jeff Rushlau is the wimp DA of that region.  Jeff has always been more interested in his win/loss record.   With a deal like this it shows as a win.  He is pathetic, cares more about “how will we look to the public if we lose”, than taking a tough one to trial and fighting for the rights of victims.  Big mistake having him in there…biggest wuss of a DA there is…..

    • DAs in Maine make $65,000 a fraction of what defense, even family law, lawyers make. “The people” can’t possibly compete w/ the likes of Philip Cohen at this rate.

      • Guest

        Rushlau makes well into 6 figures………don’t kid urself……does not earn it,…but makes it….

      • Anonymous

        I dont care how much or how little money a DA makes.  They chose this job and money does not buy “INTEGRITY” which i have found that none of the DA’s in Maine have.

    • Anonymous

      This state is obviously full of District Attorneys that are the same.  Every country seems to have one which is why we have so many repeat offenders.  I dont know how many times i have seen Almy make some sort of plea deal on every case just to pad his winning percentage…its rediculous and just makes those that do criminal activity feel like they will only recieve a slap on the wrist.

  • Guest

    AND…..the headline should not read “Teen” to serve…that only stands to minimize.  He is an 18 year old man……

    • Anonymous

      he is a teen, by definition..  How the headline should read is a matter of opinion, really.

  • Dorinda F

    sounds like someone was paid off.

    • Anonymous

      The rich have different rules.  Why didn’t you know that

  • It appears the defense proved that a key element was not so readily apparent given the high number of people that exceed the speed limit by 10-15 mph all day every day. If Alterio is to be found guilty of this are those who are caught speeding to the same excess guilty of reckless driving? This wasn’t an OUI related accident, though the reason changes nothing, given a young woman tragically lost her life. Our court system whether we see it or not, like or not takes into account numerous factors and deals out the consequences, in this case a tragic accident does not call for the “mandatory minimums so many seem to salivate for. This was an accident without intent, no less tragic, but far less heinous than those with motive or intent.

    • Anonymous

      Driving around going 80 mph is reckless no matter whose book your reading.  I understand that he bragged about doing this speed to his buddies but then recanted when face with the police asking.  No one really knows how fast he was going — at a min. 50 mph — why didn’t the big boy admit how fast he was going to the police.

  • Anonymous

    15 days?
    are you serious!
    He took the life of a young girl with so much to live for!
    he was showing off, speeding in a car he shouldn’t have owned, and killed her through his idiocy.
    the parents of the boy should be arrested for buying him a car like that, and he should be thrown in prison for at least 5 years.

    so much for justice.

    • Guest

      In a car he shouldn’t have owned?  What does that even mean?  

      Have you ever went 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit?  Were you showing off?  Would you have felt better had he gotten in an accident in a minivan?  I really feel like there is more swaying your opinion on this than just the facts.  

      • Anonymous

        I hope you’re trolling, because if you’re not, then please never have offspring.

        “A car he shouldn’t have owned”…

        As in a 1998 BMW z3 roadster.
        the “governor” shuts the car down at 150 mph.

        do you think that being a male teenager in a sports car like that he’s not going to speed? do something stupid? get someone killed?
        it’s like playing russian roulette, eventually the gun will go off, it’s inevitable.

        the parents of the boy need to be arrested for giving him the car.

        and btw, a minivan offers a lot more protection for its passengers and can’t go nearly as fast as a bmw z3. 
        It also makes showing off kinda foolish, doesn’t it.

        • Guest

          I guess I just don’t see myself as the judge as to what vehicle another parent buys for their children.  I see it as an accident.  A tragic accident, but an accident.  Again, have you ever gone 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit?  If not, then you are by FAR the exception.  Was he going 50 m.p.h. or 80 m.p.h.?  We don’t know and obviously it would make a huge difference, but all I know is what was published, which is that he was going 10 over.  

          I also don’t see it as inevitable.  The whole Russian roulette thing was pretty melodramatic if you ask me.  I think that if you put some male teenagers in any car they are going to speed.  If you put some male teenagers in any car they are not going to speed.  If you can’t concede this, then there really isn’t much to discuss.  

          “Please never have offspring.”  I love when I read things like this from people.  I find it amusing and pointless at the same time.  Apparently you’ll be scared to know that I have children and they are extremely respectful and loving little children who are growing up in a Christian home where they are being taught not to judge others.  

          My prayers are with both of the family who suffered this tragic loss.  I pray that they will find peace in the face of this tragedy and that they will forever cherish the 17 years that they had with this young lady.

      • Anonymous

        cars dont roll several times when doing 50…I call BS. The speed was obviously faster than 50. that car is a rocket. It does 50 in second gear. Another case of money buying “justice”

        • Guest

          Honestly, it very well may have been going more than 50.  I don’t know anything about this beyond what was written.  But I also don’t know about the road he was on or where it happened.  Did he miss a turn?  Hit a soft shoulder?  I’m pretty sure that it is possible to roll several times going 50 depending on the circumstances. 

  • He sounds connected to me maybe there is a good ol’ boy network at work here. I thought that was mostly a southern “thang”. Anyone know his kin?

  • Anonymous

    Poor little rich boy. How will he survive 15 days…

  • Anonymous

    50 in a 40 isnt that bad, seems  like 50 MPH  one could survive a crash though…

    • Anonymous

      the bmw is pretty much a motor and fiberglass.
      it’s all about the power/weight ratio.
      the less weight, the faster it will go in less time.

      this is why people on rice rocket motorcycles can go from 30 to 100 in just a few seconds.

      it just doesn’t offer a lot for protection for the passengers.
      they’re made for speed, not comfort.

  • Guest

    Parents who give a teenage boy a sports car should be locked up.

    I got in enough trouble with a 84 Corolla.

    • Guest

      As you noted, you got in “enough” trouble with an 84 Corolla…don’t blame the car.

      • Guest

        You’re missing the point. Horsing around with a car that can barely get out of it’s own way is a lot different than a RWD sports car.

        You don’t give sports cars to people who don’t respect and understand what that car is able to do.

        • Anonymous

          i think movingrightalong is trolling.

          • Guest

            Not trolling at all, I just don’t agree with the premise.  A rear wheel drive car certainly drives differently than a front wheel drive car, but it both are dangerous.  Both are a huge responsibility and don’t forget that people die all the time driving a car “that can barely get out of it’s own way”.

            The point is, “horsing around with” any car is irresponsible.  If he was going 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit at the time of the accident, I hardly consider that horsing around.  The point is, I wasn’t in the car and I am not ready to judge his intentions as I was not there.

    • Anonymous

      Why should they be locked up?  Is giving a gift a crime?

  • Anonymous

    FOR GOD SAKES ….I travel daily 10 miles over the speed limit and if I killed my passenger doing so then it is simply an accident..TRAGIC yes and so so so awful for the family…but come on this young person should not serve a DAY in jail!……so sad for BOTH of them  sadly one of is no longer here…but really…what a joke to punish an “accident”

    • Anonymous

      are you kidding?
      he was showing off, driving too fast, and got a girl with her whole life ahead of her killed.
      he deserves a lot more than 15 days in jail!

      • Guest

        Were you in the car?

      • Anonymous

        Oh I am sorry I guess you was in the car and know the facts of the case that the prosecution did not? Because driving 10 miles over the speed limit is NOT showing off, now if you want to go by RUMOR and not evidence then I would also say he was doing 80 but the evidence that was produced said he was driving 10 miles over. I will stick to the evidence presented. Not the trial by way of Bangor Daily News Comment Board.

        My opinion is tho that he should not serve a single day in jail for an accident, that evidence showed he was only doing 10 miles over the speed limit.

        • Anonymous

          The evidence says a MINIMUM of 50 miles an hour — that would mean a MINIMUM of 10 miles over the speed limit.  That could mean 51 mph or 80 mph — he had already said he’d been going 80 I guess he must have slowed down before the crash.

  • Anonymous

    I am completely confused as to how everyone thinks because he had a 13 year old BMW, that his family must be rich.  

    Also, yes, people can die when traveling 50 mph. People have died when traveling 25 mph! I feel awful for both family’s involved and I hope this is a deterrent to other teenage drivers. I am sure he never for a second thought his actions would result in his friend’s death. 

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone here actually read the stories they comment on?!

    “…state police reconstructionist had determined that the minimum speed
    that Altiero was driving — when his vehicle went off Route 73 in South
    Thomaston shortly before midnight June 20, 2011 — was 50 mph in a 40-mph
    zone.”

    Minimum people, MINIMUM!

    • Anonymous

      And how many of us blow the speed limit off on our way to an exciting event, like work (in my case)?  People are rushing to judgement and if it were my loved one killed I’d probably do the same but when calmer heads prevail…..  The driver was not drunk or high.  So what if he was driving a BMW.  It doesn’t mean he was rich.  Writers are making it sound like he is a reckless, trust fund baby.  I know nothing about him .. still sounds like a friggin accident.  Let it go.

      • Anonymous

         What does that have to do with people not reading details of a story. I’m not judging anyone.

  • Dorinda F

    i believe the car was borrowed from a family member or family friend, and he just wanted to “take it for a spin”…

  • Anonymous

    A reasonable speed is 85 in a 40? And 15 days in jail for killing someone. Nice Maine, real nice.
    “the way life should be” Get real.

  • Anonymous

    So many people have said he was footing off and going 80 this is rumor and goes against the evidence presented in court….its almost like prisoners who say another inmate confessed ….people are talking and I happen to look for evidence and bangor daily printed the evidence the boy was going about 10 miles over the limit. Yippie!

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