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Driver pleads guilty to manslaughter in Corinth fatality

Driver pleads guilty to manslaughter in Corinth fatality

A Lake Luzerne woman admitted in court Monday to driving drunk and killing a pedestrian in Corinth l

A Lake Luzerne woman admitted in court Monday to driving drunk and killing a pedestrian in Corinth last September.

Malina M. Singh, 20, pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court to one count of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony.

In return for her plea, Singh is to receive a sentence of two to six years in state prison, according to her attorney, Michael Horan.

Singh admitted that she struck and killed 34-year-old Jonathon L. Rogers as he walked along Route 9N in Corinth Sept. 5.

Singh was driving her 2013 Ford Fusion north near the intersection of Antone Road at around 3:13 a.m. when she struck Rogers, who was walking along the shoulder of the road. Singh stopped after striking Rogers and called emergency dispatchers.

Prosecutors said in a press release Monday that the investigation showed that Singh had spent hours leading up to the crash drinking alcohol. Her blood-alcohol content was tested after the crash at 0.18, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Monday’s plea agreement came after consultation with the victim’s family, officials said.

“We, along with the family, are pleased that the defendant has finally chosen to accept responsibility for her actions,” District Attorney Karen Heggen said in the release. “While there is no amount of time that can compensate for a life taken due to the defendant’s senseless and criminal decision to drive drunk on Sept. 5, 2014, we believe that this morning’s plea has brought justice to the family of Mr. Rogers.”

Rogers was the father of two young sons.

Prosecuting the case was Assistant District Attorney Matthew R. Coseo. Horan said later Monday that his client could have potentially faced a more serious charge that included a possible maximum of 5 to 15 years in state prison upon conviction. He said his client weighed any possible arguments that could have been made at trial and decided to admit her guilt and accept the sentence of 2 to 6 years in prison.

Singh is to be sentenced Aug. 10. Presiding over Monday’s plea was Judge Matthew Sypniewski.

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