BANGOR, Maine — An Orrington woman was convicted Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center of charges in connection with an April 2013 crash that killed a Hermon woman.
Sarah Courtney, 34, pleaded no contest to one count each of manslaughter and aggravated criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants.
No-contest pleas result in convictions.
Sarah Eason, 28, a passenger in the sport utility vehicle Courtney was driving, was killed April 20, 2013, when Courtney failed to negotiate a curve on the Bog Road in Hampden. The women were friends and had been bar hopping in Bangor and Brewer just prior to the crash.
Superior Court Justice Ann Murray set sentencing for Oct. 16. The judge allowed Courtney, who is pregnant, to remain free on $2,000 bail.
The plea agreement between Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy and defense attorney Richard Hartley of Bangor calls for Courtney to be sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 2½ suspended, followed by four years of probation.
The prosecutor said outside the courthouse Thursday he expected the judge would accept the agreement.
Almy said outside the courthouse Courtney is expected to ask for a stay of sentence because she is pregnant. Courtney is due to give birth in early December. She was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury in October.
The prosecutor said he would oppose any stay longer than six weeks, which is the leave time given to female members of the military after they give birth.
Courtney’s blood alcohol level was .14, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent, Almy told the judge Thursday. She also was driving 57 mph in a 45 mph zone, he said.
Hartley declined to speak with reporters after his client entered her plea because of a pending trial at the courthouse.
Eason was described in her obituary, published April 24, 2013 in the Bangor Daily News, as loved and as someone who accepted people without judgment. She traveled for two seasons with Fiesta Shows, where she made friends all over the world, the obituary said. Eason was an organ donor.
Family members and friends attended Thursday’s court proceeding but left the courthouse without speaking to reporters. Several of them will address the judge at sentencing, the prosecutor said.
Almy said outside the courthouse they did not feel Courtney’s proposed sentenced was long enough.
Courtney faces up to 30 years in prison on the manslaughter charge alone.