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Teen charged in fatal crash backs out of plea deal

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

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.

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