Akwesasne man accused of killing Warren County man during high speed chase has week to mull offer

Mark Mulholland
Updated: February 19, 2020 07:15 PM
Created: February 19, 2020 05:54 PM

QUEENSBURY - Skyler Crouse was in court wearing a mask to prevent him from spitting at people like he did to a NewsChannel 13 photographer covering is arraignment back in September.

Wednesday, the 30-year-old was more reserved as Judge John Hall placed on the record that plea negotiations are taking place related to the Northway chase and crash that killed Joseph Turcotte of Horicon.


Crouse maintains his innocence, but his attorney says he's not without remorse.

"Absolutely. This is not someone without a conscience or without a heart. He understands that a life was lost that day. He's not unaware of that at all. This is something that is a tragedy, a family lost a loved one, the community lost a wonderful member, and we're not unaware of that in any way," said attorney Matt Chauvin.

NewsChannel 13 has learned that the offer includes a range of 10 to 15 years in prison, but what's not clear is if Crouse, who lives in the sovereign nation of Akwesasne, would be deported as a result of a conviction and not allowed to return to the United States.

"He could be denied re-entry into the country in the event that he were to be convicted of any of the crimes that he's charged if he were to return to the Akwesasne Reservation, then in theory he would not be able to re-enter the country if he were not a U.S. citizen," said Chauvin.

Crouse is scheduled to return to court February 26 to let the judge know whether he accepts the offer.

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