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Epping man agrees to plead guilty to negligent homicide

BRENTWOOD — A 27-year-old Epping man has agreed to plead guilty to negligent homicide for crashing his car in January and killing one of his passengers.

Scott Currier could serve up to 6 to 12 years in state prison for causing the death of Joshua Pratt of Newmarket, according to court papers filed by his lawyer.

A judge will make the final decision on Currier's sentence when he pleads guilty to a single count of negligent homicide and to driving as a habitual offender.

Prosecutors say Currier was driving drunk and speeding when his car rolled over on Oak Hill Road around 4:40 a.m. on Jan. 8.

State and local police responded to the scene, where they found Currier's vehicle on its roof.

The crash happened in the area of 79 Oak Hill Road.

Police said the car appeared to be heading north up a hill when it went off the road and overturned. Neighbors were awoken by the crash, called 911 and rushed outside to assist people in the car.

Pratt, 25, who was sitting in a rear seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. Currier, who is being held at the Rockingham County jail, suffered serious injuries, police said.

Prosecutors indicted him on two alternative counts of negligent homicide and a single count of driving as a habitual offender. Prosecutors will recommend that Currier serve a 12-month jail sentence concurrent to his prison term for pleading guilty to that charge, court records indicate.

Currier could have faced up to 7 to 15 years in state prison if convicted of negligent homicide by a jury.

State police and members of the State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit investigated the crash.

A plea and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 13 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

jkimble@newstote.com

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