March 15, 2010
Posted: 11:13 AM ET
Mt. Clemens, MI - After approximately ten and a half hours of deliberations over three days, a jury of 5 women and 7 men convicted Stephen Davis of the lesser charge of negligent homicide. Prosecutors had been seeking a manslaughter conviction. They contend Davis' actions behind the wheel contributed to the deaths of three teenagers in a horrific, multi-car crash.
Families of the victims expressed disgust with the verdict; the father of victim Bobby McGuire reacted so strongly that he rushed out of the room as the verdict was announced.
Davis was sentenced to the maximum term of 16-24 months of incarceration.
The estates of the three victims have filed lawsuits against Davis, James LaCoursiere, and David Doyle. The suit filed by the family of Nick Noble against Davis recently settled for a little less than $9000, according to news reports.
The trial of James LaCoursiere is currently set to begin on April 6, 2010, almost two years to the day since the April 8 accident.
– Lena Jakobsson, In Session Field Producer
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