Windsor driver sentenced to six years for killing Augusta woman

February 22nd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: 11:53 PM
Updated: 12:32 AM

Joshua A. Erskine was sentenced Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court, where he apologized to the family of Ruth Epperson, 81.

By Craig Crosby
Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA — A Windsor man who two years ago was high on pills and marijuana when the Jeep he was driving struck and killed a city woman as she walked on a sidewalk along North Belfast Avenue is headed to prison.

Sentenced to prison: Attorney Pam Ames, right, stands beside Joshua A. Erskine, 25, as he apologizes to the family of 81-year-old Ruth Epperson during sentencing on Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta.

Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Joshua A. Erskine, 26, was sentenced Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court to 12 years in prison with all but six years suspended for killing 81-year-old Ruth Epperson during a crash on March 30, 2012. Erskine, whose driver’s license will be suspended for at least 10 years, also was sentenced to four years probation during which he will be prohibited from consuming drugs or alcohol and will be subject to random search and testing.

Justice Michaela Murphy said the sentence was an attempt to balance Erskine’s remorse and unblemished criminal record against the reckless and criminal conduct that killed a woman who, by

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