Benjamin S. Shealey Guilty Plea
District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that Benjamin S. Shealey (DOB 09/16/1981) pleaded guilty in the Barnstable Superior Court to Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle, two counts of Serious Bodily Injury by Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of Liquor, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Unlicensed Operation and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Shealey was sentenced by the Honorable Robert Rufo to not less than 7 ½ and not more than 10 years to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution. He will also have a term of probation for five years upon his release.
The charges relate to an incident that occurred on July 13, 2013 when Shealey failed to stop for police and led them on a chase down RTE 28 through the towns of Harwich and Chatham. Shealey lost control of his motor vehicle at the entrance of a restaurant in Chatham where he struck and killed a pedestrian. His vehicle continued on striking a car that was exiting the restaurant. Four occupants were inside that car, including twin 9 year old girls who were seriously injured. Observations and medical reports concluded Shealey was under the influence of liquor at the time.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle L. Groff and investigated jointly by the Harwich Police Department, Chatham Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.