Windsor man pleads guilty in death of Augusta woman

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Joshua Erskine says he was high on marijuana and prescription drugs when his Jeep plowed into Ruth Epperson nearly two years ago.

By Craig Crosby
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — A Windsor man on Wednesday admitted he was under the influence of marijuana and narcotics when the Jeep he was driving struck and killed an Augusta woman walking on the sidewalk along North Belfast Avenue in 2012.

GUILTY: Joshua A. Erskine entered a guilty plea Wednesday at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta to driving while under the influence of drugs when he struck Ruth Epperson, 81, in a sidewalk along North Belfast Avenue in Augusta in March 2012. Erskine is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced in February for the death of Epperson. Erskine is represented by attorney Pamela Ames, right.

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

Joshua A. Erskine, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated criminal operating under the influence in the death of 81-year-old Ruth Epperson. Erskine admitted in Kennebec County Superior Court that he was under the influence of Percocet and marijuana on March 30, 2012, when his Jeep hit Epperson as she was out for her daily walk. Epperson died from her injuries five days later.

Under a plea agreement with the Kennebec County district attorney’s office, Erskine faces a maximum of 15 years in prison with all but eight years suspended and four years probation. The agreement allows

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