Judge pushed to set aside verdict convicting officer in fatal crash
By WFSB Staff
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -
The ex-Milford police officer who was found guilty on the lesser charges involving the 2009 deaths of two Orange teens wants the court to throw those charges out as well.
Former Officer Jason Anderson, 37, was found not guilty of manslaughter after he was charged with driving his police cruiser more than 90 mph hitting the two teens as they were turning off the Post Road.
However, he was found guilty of two lesser charges, which were misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving, by a jury at New Haven Superior Court Wednesday.
Anderson's attorney, Hugh Keefe, believes the guilty verdict on the lesser charges should be thrown out because the jury says one of the teens played a role in the crash and the attorney absolves him of any criminal responsibility.
In June 2009, Anderson, who was a Milford police officer at the time, was returning from assisting in a call in West Haven.
According to police reports, Anderson was traveling 94 mph in Orange when his cruiser careened into the car being driven by David Servin with passenger Ashlie Krakowski. The two 19-year-olds from Orange were killed in the crash.
On Friday, Keefe filed the paperwork to have the charges dropped. In the paperwork, Keefe stated that the jury found that Servin played a role in the crash because he was drunk.
"If that were the kids going 95 mph and not him, they would be crucified already and that's how I feel," said Krakowski's grandma, Lois Krakowski.
The parents of both teens were upset with Anderson's attorney's decision Monday morning.
"He's shown no remorse, no I've got no sense he feels the least bit responsible," said Susan Servin, who is the mother of David Servin.
Lois Krakowski agrees with Susan Servin.
"That cop is guilty 100 percent guilty. And he should go to jail," she said. "He got off easy. When they said not guilty to manslaughter, because he's guilty."
Anderson, who will be sentenced on Jan. 16, could face up to 10 years in prison. No date has been scheduled to hear the arguments to throw out the verdict.
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