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Plea Rejected in Draper Crash Case, Trial Starts Monday

Posted: Sep 05, 2018 4:07 PM -04:00 Updated:

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- A trial related to last year's accident that fatally wounded longtime WBOC owner Thomas Draper will head to trial Monday, after a plea deal was rejected by the defendant.

On Monday, Shawn Armstrong declined to take a plea deal that would have been to a charge of Operation of a Vehicle Causing the Death of Another Person. In the deal, Armstrong would have been sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months of probation. That meant if Armstrong violated probation, he could be ordered to serve the rest of his time in prison.

Armstrong and his attorney declined to comment leaving the courtroom on Monday morning. They'll be back in court Monday September 10th when the trial begins.

The Delaware Department of Justice has charged Armstrong with Operation of a Vehicle Causing the Death of Another Person and Inattentive Driving, in connection with the Sept. 7, 2017 crash that occurred outside of Milford. The first charge could result in up to 30 months in prison and/or a $1,150 fine, whereas the latter levies a $25-115 charge.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice says the trial is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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