Barre Woman Behind Fatal Wrong-Way Crash to be Sentenced

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Barre woman behind a fatal on I-89 two years ago will be sentenced Monday afternoon in Burlington. The crash left Brendon Cousino, an EMT worker from Richmond dead.

Benoir was originally facing a life sentence with a second-degree murder charge. However, the 25 year-old accepted a plea deal in August. Benoir pleaded guilty to a felony charge of gross negligent driving resulting in death.

In an apparent suicide attempt, police say Benoir intentionally crossed the median on I-89 near Richmond in July of 2015. Court records show her car slammed into Cousino's vehicle, killing him instantly.

Chittenden County's State's Attorney Sarah George considered the evidence in the case to be too complicated for a jury, which prompted the plea deal.

Benoir will receive about two years credit for time already served. Prosecutors say she'll serve around four more before she is eligible for parole.

Local 22 & Local 44 News will have a reporter in the courtroom and will have the latest information on our evening broadcasts.


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