For Immediate Release - August 01, 2013

Weller is sent to state prison after pleading guilty

A Sandy Hook, Connecticut man pleaded guilty this morning in Berkshire Superior Court in connection with a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a South County woman.  36 year old FREDERICK J. WELLER appeared before Judge John Agostini. 

WELLER pleaded guilty to one (1) count of MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND OPERATING TO ENDANGER, one (1) count of OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, SERIOUS BODILY INJURY AND OPERATING TO ENDANGER, one (1) count of OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL (5th offense), one (1) count of INTIMIDATION OF A WITNESS OR OTHER PERSON, one (1) count of LEAVING THE SCENE OF A PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT, DEATH RESULTING, one (1) count of LEAVING THE SCENE OF A PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT, two (2) counts of LEAVING THE SCENE OF A PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT and one (1) count of OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE.  Judge Agostini ordered that he serve a 12 to 14 year state prison sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the charge of MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND OPERATING TO ENDANGER.  WELLER was given a 3 to 4 year state prison sentence, to be served on and after the first sentence, on the OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, SERIOUS BODILY INJURY AND OPERATING TO ENDANGER charge.  He was given concurrent jail time on the other charges.        

The charges stem from a multi vehicle crash in Sheffield that claimed the life of 24 year old Moira Banks-Dobson and seriously injured a 53 year old man.  The incident occurred on February 28, 2012.     

The investigation was conducted by members of the Sheffield Police Department.

(Note: WELLER will have to serve a 15 to 18 year state prison sentence.)