Man charged in Warren Co. high-speed chase that turned deadly rejects plea deal |

Man charged in Warren Co. high-speed chase that turned deadly rejects plea deal

Mark Mulholland
Created: February 26, 2020 07:19 PM

The man who allegedly killed a Brant Lake man during a high-speed chase on the Northway has rejected a plea offer that would send him to state prison for up to 15 years.

Judge John Hall gave Skyler Crouse until Wednesday to accept an offer that would require him to plead guilty and be sentenced to prison for 10 to 15 years, or go to trial. Crouse chose the trial. 

In court late Wednesday afternoon, Crouse had a mask covering his face, but his feelings were revealed. 

He refused to plead guilty to assault in the first degree and manslaughter in the death of Joseph Turcotte.

It happened September 26 on the Northway near Exit 25. Crouse was evading police at speeds reaching 111 miles per hour when he drove off at Exit 25 and smashed his pickup truck into a truck driven by Turcotte. Police said Crouse's truck hit Turcotte's truck from behind, with such force that it flipped end over end.

Turcotte, who was a well-liked boat builder and member of the Horicon Planning Board, died at the scene.

Crouse was wearing a mask to prevent him from spitting at people like he did a NewsChannel 13 photographer at his arraignment in September. 

The plea offer would have had him serve 10 to 15 years in state prison, but again he rejected it and instead will go to trial and if he is convicted, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years or more in prison. 

Complicating all this is whether Crouse is a U.S. or Canadian citizen. His immigration status and ability to return to the U.S. after serving his sentence would be affected if he is not a citizen of this country.

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