Mars Hill man found guilty in fatal accident

Posted Oct. 12, 2012, at 10:20 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 12, 2012, at 9:06 p.m.
William Barton
William Barton

CARIBOU, Maine — A jury on Tuesday found a Mars Hill man guilty on multiple counts stemming from a 2011 two-vehicle accident that killed Nathan York, 51, of Medway, according to information released early Friday morning by Trooper Shawn Whalen of the Maine State Police.

William Barton, 51, was convicted in Caribou Superior Court of two counts of aggravated operating under the influence causing death and one count of aggravated operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury.

The jury deadlocked on the charge of possession of methamphetamine.

The fatal crash took place on Sept. 3, 2011, on U.S. Route 1 in Mars Hill.

Jerome York, 21, of Medway was was traveling northbound when his 2001 Chrysler wagon collided head-on with a 2010 Ford pickup driven by Barton.

York’s father, Nathan York, a passenger in the wagon, died at the scene.

Herb Young, 53, another passenger, suffered significant injuries. He also resides in Mars Hill and is Jerome York’s uncle.

All of the occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts.

Jerome York and Barton escaped serious injury. Barton was released on a $30,000 unsecured bond and was indicted by a grand jury six months after the crash.

This past April, Barton was found in possession of marijuana, which was a violation of his bail conditions. As a result of the charges against him, he was not allowed to use or possess illegal substances.

Barton has prior convictions for possession of marijuana, violating condition of release, assault and speeding 30-plus mph more than posted speed.

He is scheduled for sentencing on his most recent conviction at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Caribou Superior Court.

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