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May 30. 2013 10:08PM

Danville man, 19, facing sentencing in 2010 fatal crash


CAMERON DEARBORN 

BRENTWOOD — Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence a Danville man to 7½ to 15 years in state prison for causing the fatal crash that killed 17-year-old Korey Traficante of Derry in November 2010.

Cameron Dearborn, 19, is expected to be sentenced on June 7 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

But prosecutors are already making their case to a judge about why they believe Dearborn should face the maximum sentence under state law.

Dearborn was ordered held without bail after a jury convicted him on March 29 of two counts of negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated for crashing a friend's car and killing Traficante.

Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Johnson is arguing that a series of calls Dearborn has made to family and friends while in jail show, "a complete lack of remorse, refusal to take responsibility, that his testimony was untruthful, and that he sees himself as the victim in this case."

Dearborn was drinking at his parents' home with friends on the night of Nov. 20, 2010, before he got behind the wheel with Traficante as his passenger. The car went off of Frost Road in Derry, flipped on its passenger side and struck a tree and rock wall.

Dearborn testified at the close of his four-day trial that he had no memory of the crash. His defense lawyer argued that Traficante was driving and later died from his injuries.

Prosecutors provided a copy of the recorded jail calls to Judge N. William Delker to listen to prior to next Friday's sentencing hearing.

"Throughout the calls, (Dearborn) constantly complains about how he should not be incarcerated, that it is not fair, that he did not do anything wrong, his back hurts, he cannot sleep, his friends and family do not understand how hard it is, that he just wants to go home, etc.," Johnson said. "It is quite clear from these calls that he refuses to take responsibility for his actions in any way."

Dearborn told his girlfriend during one call that he was going to testify at trial that he was not driving but that his attorney never asked him, according to Johnson.

"This statement shows that he either did not testify truthfully when he said that he did not remember, or he is not being truthful when he claims that he was not driving," Johnson said in the court motion.

In addition to the state prison sentence, prosecutors are recommending Dearborn's driver's license be revoked indefinitely and must complete 500 hours of community service speaking to high school students about the dangers of underage drinking and driving.

Johnson said in her argument that even throughout the trial, Dearborn showed little regard for the seriousness of the charges he was facing.

"(His) demeanor during the trial indicates that he was not taking the matter or his actions seriously," Johnson said in her argument. "He was playing with his cellphone and laughing and joking with his friends and family during breaks in the proceedings."

During another call, a woman prosecutors say is Dearborn's grandmother is offering encouragement by telling Dearborn "that Korey is watching over him," Johnson said. Dearborn responds by saying, "If he was then he wouldn't have let this happen," according to Johnson.

Prosecutors also cited Dearborn's run-ins with police for driving infractions and an underage drinking party he held while awaiting trial as additional reasons for his punishment.

Defense lawyer Kenneth Bernard has yet to respond to the sentencing memorandum.

Dearborn was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, but Bernard was granted a short delay so that a presentence investigation could be completed. That report will play a role in recommending a sentence during next Friday's hearing.

A judge has barred Dearborn's father from attending his son's sentencing because of comments he made to the victim's father moments after a jury announced its guilty verdict.

jkimble@newstote.com


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