Judge rejects bid for new trial in 2016 crash that killed five teens

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Doctors: Steven Bourgoin was not insane in 2016 wrong way crash

A Vermont judge has rejected Steven Bourgoin’s bid for a new trial on five counts of second-degree murder in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 89 that killed five teenagers.

Bourgoin was convicted in May and faces 20 years to life in prison on each of the five counts. The crash happened the night of October 8, 2016, in Williston.

At trial, Bourgoin and his attorneys did not deny that he caused the crash, but they claimed he was insane at the time. In requesting a new trial, they said state prosecutors did not rebut evidence presented at trial of Bourgoin’s mental state.

According to VTDigger, Chittenden Superior Court Judge Kevin Griffin’s 37-page decision on Monday rejected that argument and said the jury’s decision was “reasonable” give the evidence.

Killed in the crash were Mary Harris, 16, Cyrus Zschau, 16, Eli Brookens, 16, Janie Chase Cozzi, 15, and Liam Hale, 16.

A sentencing hearing for Bourgoin is set for later this month.

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