Suspended Mass. trooper sentenced to 4 months in deadly crash

He was acquitted of motor vehicle manslaughter

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A suspended Massachusetts state trooper has been sentenced to four months in jail for his role in a 2013 head-on collision that killed a mother and daughter returning home from a Red Sox game.

John Basler was convicted by a jury Tuesday of drunken driving, reckless operation and carrying a firearm while intoxicated. He was acquitted of motor vehicle manslaughter.

The 28-year-old Basler was off duty and driving in Plymouth shortly after midnight on Sept. 22, 2013, when a car driven by 64-year-old Susan Macchi apparently drifted into the oncoming lane on a wet road. Susan Macchi and 23-year-old Juliet Macchi, both of Carver, died.

Prosecutors recommended a sentence of five years during Basler’s sentencing hearing Wednesday. Hospital records showed Basley had a blood-alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Officials say state police have suspended Basler without pay.


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