Surry man pleads no contest to manslaughter charge

Posted June 10, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
Steven H. Moon
Hancock County Jail photo
Steven H. Moon

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Surry man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges stemming from a fatal car accident three years ago.

Steven H. Moon is scheduled to be sentenced in Hancock County Superior Court on June 26, according to court records.

Moon, now 22, was behind the wheel of a 1997 Subaru Legacy wagon when it went off Newbury Neck Road in Surry around 9:30 p.m. on May 28, 2011, police have said. The car rolled several times when it went off the road, ejecting Moon and two passengers — his sister Christina A. Moon and Josh M. Rafferty. All three suffered significant injuries in the single-car crash but survived.

A third passenger, Caleb C. Foster, 27, was not ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

On June 4, Steven Moon pleaded no contest to charges of manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants and operating after suspension, court records indicate.

The manslaughter charge is a Class A felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The OUI and OAS charges, because they stem from an accident involving a fatality, are each Class B charges, which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.

 

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