NORTHAMPTON – The man accused of fleeing to Pennsylvania after a fatal November crash that claimed the life of 46-year-old Andria Berger in Fulton County has pleaded to charges in Pennsylvania and is now facing sentencing there, The Sunbury (Pa.) Daily Item reported.
Unclear from the report is when suspect Derrick H. Carlisle would be brought back to New York to face charges in the crash that killed Berger. He remains in custody in Pennsylvania pending sentencing.
Carlisle, 44, of Northville, had faced charges in Pennsylvania related to a gun he is accused of possessing when police there took him into custody.
He appeared in Northumberland County Court there Friday via video conference and formally pleaded no contest to possessing a loaded firearm without a license, The Daily Item wrote.
The plea means he did not admit guilt, but rather acknowledged enough evidence that a jury might find him guilty. The plea, however, means the case is now set for sentencing, which is yet to be scheduled, the paper wrote.
He remains held there on $60,000 bail.
The Daily Item also reported that the Pennsylvania prosecutor indicated in court the Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown indicated to her that the Fulton County case is to be presented to a grand jury. There has been no request yet to transfer Carlisle back to Fulton County, the Pennsylvania prosecutor indicated, The Item wrote.
A felony count of receiving stolen property was dropped as part of the Pennsylvania plea deal, The Daily Item wrote.
Carlisle was taken into custody the evening of Nov. 17 in Point Township, Pa., about 14 hours after the body of Berger was discovered along a stretch of Route 30 near an outdoor equipment store.
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Point Township is about 300 miles south of where Berger was killed. Berger was a longtime advocate for disability rights, working passionately to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. She worked in Amsterdam for the Resource Center for Independent Living.
In addition to the New York hit-and-run charges, Carlisle also faces the weapons and stolen property charges in Pennsylvania.
Alerted by New York State Police, police there recovered a gun from Carlisle, determined he wasn’t legally allowed to carry it and that it had been reported stolen.