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Deadly Crash Driver Apologizes at Sentencing

Matthew A. Carter was sentenced to 7½ to 15 years behind bars for the deaths of a Bristol man and New York City woman.

On Valentine's Day, a tale of forgiveness played out in Judge Wallace Batemen's courtroom during the sentencing of a man who killed two people in a drunk driving accident in Falls Township, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

The . The message came just moments before Bateman sentenced Carter to 7½ to 15 years in prison for the deaths of Mercer County Corrections Officer Paul Labranche, 46, of Bristol, and his passenger, Confesora Rosario, 45, of New York City, a story in the paper said.

Reports stated Carter applogized for the deaths.

The vehicle the victims were in was pushed off the Route 13 by Carter's Cadallac and flew over a guardrail. The car finally landed on an embankment off Fallsington-Tullytown Road near the North Park section of Levittown. Labranche and Rosario were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected.

Click here to read the full story from the Bucks County Courier Times.

Paul H. Simons February 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM
From the Courier- Times article:" Carter had a prior DUI in 2002, and was placed in a pretrial diversion program. He had been cited for speeding or careless driving at been cited for speeding or careless driving at least six times between 2001 and 2007." The system that failed to take his licence, failed to penalize him, failed to protect the public from him, is also to blame.
concerned citizen February 15, 2013 at 05:33 PM
why do people forgive the murderers? they must be crazy. If someone did that to my family it would be hell on earth for that person who did it,, He should never get out of prison..
Laurie February 18, 2013 at 01:02 AM
to concerned citizen: have you never been forgiven for something you truly wished you could undo? if not, i hope you will be when you die.

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