Trooper Acquitted of Manslaughter in Fatal Plymouth Crash

gavelBROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A suspended Massachusetts state trooper has been acquitted of motor vehicle manslaughter charges in connection with a 2013 head-on crash that killed a mother and daughter returning home from a Red Sox game.

John Basler, however, was convicted by a jury on Tuesday of drunken driving, reckless operation and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.

Basler was sentenced to 120 days in prison.

The 28-year-old Basler was off duty and driving in Plymouth shortly after midnight on Sept. 22, 2013, when a car driven by 64-year-old Susan Macchi apparently drifted into the oncoming lane on a wet road. Susan Macchi and 23-year-old Juliet Macchi, both of Carver, died.

Prosecutors say Basler, of Kingston, had a blood-alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

He was suspended without pay after the crash.

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