NORTON, Mass. (WLNE) — A 63-year-old Attleboro man was sentenced to state prison for a drunk driving crash that killed a woman in his car, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Russell Stone pled guilty to manslaughter while operating under the influence and under the influence with serious bodily injury.
Stone will serve five to seven years in prison in relation to a deadly crash in Norton, Massachusetts on June 7, 2020.
Norton police responded to Oak Street just before 4 p.m. for a serious crash into a tree.
“The defendant should not have been behind the wheel because of his intoxicated state. His reckless driving caused the death of an innocent person. The sentence is appropriate to hold the defendant accountable,” District Attorney Thomas Quinn said.
Witnesses told police that a woman got out from the front seat, screaming that she told Stone to slow down moments before the impact. That woman suffered a fractured spine and three fractures in her left arm.
First responders found 36-year-old Theresa McNutt unconscious in the back seat.
She died on scene from severe head trauma.
Massachusetts State Police assigned to the district attorney and Norton police found several empty nip bottles in the car. The bottles were tested for DNA, which matched Stone.
Stone’s blood alcohol content was registered as .184% — more than twice the legal limit.
The investigation also revealed that Stone was driving at 51 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone.