A St. Albans teen charged in a fatal drunk driving
crash returned to prison without a plea deal Tuesday.
Police say James Companion, 17, was
driving more than double the speed limit when he crashed into a utility pole in
Colchester last May. Tasha Maring, 25, of Burlington, was killed in the crash.
Tuesday, plea negotiations broke down.
Companion's lawyers told the judge they were unable to reach an agreement with
prosecutors on how much jail time the teen should serve.
"With the victim's
family it's a very. very sensitive topic," Chittenden County Deputy
Prosecutor Andrew Strauss said. "To get everybody on the same page into
agreement has been difficult. So, we're not prepared to go forward today, but again I think we're very close and I would ask that
we're given a little bit more time for discussions."
Companion will be back in
court May 21. Without a deal, he faces up to 15 years in prison.