Barton found guilty in fatal crash

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Barton found guilty in fatal crash

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    A local man will be sentenced later this month, after being found guilty last week of causing a vehicular accident that claimed the life of one man and injured two others.

    “After a jury trial at Caribou Superior Court on Oct. 9, William Barton, 51, was found guilty on the two counts of aggravated operating under the influence causing death and aggravated operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury,” said Sgt. Brian Harris, Maine State Police.

    Harris said the jury “deadlocked on the charge of possession of methamphetamine.”

    The accident occurred Sept. 3, 2011, on U.S. Route 1, just north of Mars Hill. Jerome York, 21, of Medway, was traveling northbound when his 2001 Chrysler wagon collided head-on with a 2010 Ford pickup operated by Barton.

    The accident claimed the life of York’s father, Nathan York, 51, of Medway, and seriously injured his uncle, Herb Young, 53, of Mars Hill. Young was transported first to The Aroostook Medical Center, before being transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was hospitalized for several weeks following the crash. Jerome York and Barton were not seriously injured in the collision. Both vehicles were destroyed. Trooper Shawn Whalen served as the primary investigator.

    Barton was released on $30,000 bond, with the grand jury indicting him six months after the accident.

    Presque Isle police found Barton in possession of marijuana in April 2012, which was in violation of his bail conditions. Because of the charges against him, Barton was not allowed to use or possess illegal substances.

    Court records indicate Barton has prior convictions for possession of marijuana, violating condition of release, assault and speeding 30-plus mph more than the posted speed.

    Barton will appear in Caribou Superior Court on Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m. for sentencing on his latest conviction.