Vecchio sentenced up to four years for death of Ballston Spa teen

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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – The Saratoga County District Attorney says 18-year-old Brian Vecchio was sentenced up to four years in state prison Friday after a crash that caused the death of a Ballston Spa High School student.

District Attorney James Murphy says the sentence comes after Vecchio, of Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide for causing the death of 17-year-old Noelle Johnson in January.

Johnson was a passenger in Vecchio's car during the January 7, 2012 crash in the Town of Providence. The crash happened when Vecchio attempted to pass another car going 98 miles per hour in a no-passing-zone, lost control and struck a utility pole. Johnson sustained injuries in the crash which eventually caused her death, Murphy says.

Melody Scaia, Noelle Johnsen's mother, spoke powerfully in Court during her victim impact statement detailing the pain and loss of her daughter including the “…constant reminders of what will never be,” and what can never be replaced.

Vecchio was eligible for Youthful Offender (YO) adjudication; however, Judge Scarano denied that application.  The Judge also refused to recommend the State Department of Corrections “Shock” incarceration program. Vecchio's license was also revoked.


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