Manchester man pleads guilty to negligent homicideBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
September 20. 2017 12:40AM
BEDFORD -- A Manchester man will serve up to seven years in prison for killing a passenger in a 2016 drunk driving crash.
Deng M. Chol Mabor, 40, of Manchester pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and reckless conduct on Sept. 6 for the July 29, 2016, crash in Bedford.
According to police, Mabor was sentenced to 1½ to 7 years in the House of Corrections, and had his license indefinitely revoked.
Mabor was under the influence of alcohol when his vehicle crashed, killing passenger Thon Kuai, 36, of Manchester.
Mabor was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima around 2:45 p.m. on July 29, traveling northbound in the southbound lane on South River Road near the Harvey Road intersection just prior to the crash.
His vehicle eventually hit a utility pole, drove off the roadway into a section of rock, rotated and flipped onto its roof before landing on the front lawn at 366 S. River Road, according to a police affidavit.
Police found an open can of Natural Light beer inside the vehicle, and witnesses who interacted with Mabor before the crash described him as “lethargic,” according to court documents.
Kuai, a passenger in the vehicle, sustained serious head trauma with bleeding on the brain and internal bleeding throughout his body; he eventually died from the injuries, according to court records.
A third occupant in the vehicle, Nyanwat Koyroub, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Prosecutor Lisa Rick said earlier that Mabor is not an American citizen, and currently has a Sudan passport. An Arabic interpreter has been present during his court hearings.
“The first day I wasn’t drunk — it was my friend that had some liquor. I was coming from work at this time,” Chol told a judge previously.
According to Rick, Mabor was previously convicted of driving under the influence in 2005, and aggravated driving under the influence in 2006. He was arrested a third time for drunk driving in Laconia in 2006.
He was also convicted of criminal mischief in 2004 and received a six-month suspended sentence.
Mabor has been incarcerated since his arrest following the Bedford fatal crash last year. According to police, 402 days of pretrial credit will be applied to his new sentence, and Mabor will serve seven years of probation upon release.