BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A Vermont man who killed his girlfriend in a drunk driving crash one year ago admits he's guilty.
Riley Watkins accepted a plea deal on a charge of drunk driving with death resulting. The deal calls for no less than two-and-a-half years in prison when Watkins is sentenced in January.
Police say Watkins had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit and was speeding when he went off Susie Wilson Road in Essex and slammed into a utility pole. His passenger, Emma Press, 24, was killed in the crash. Her father says Watkins is getting off too easy.
"I think two-and-a-half years is a way too low minimum and my confidence is not too high that this young man is going to serve any substantial time," dad Lawrence Press said.
As part of the plea deal, Watkins also admitted to assaulting Lawrence Press a month before the fatal crash. Press says the prosecutor and judge failed to put conditions in place following that attack that might have kept Watkins from killing his daughter.