Man Pleads Guilty in 2012 Crash That Killed Norwich Firefighter

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    Willis Goodale (not pictured) has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in connection with the DUI crash that killed Norwich fire Lt. Benjamin DeMond in March 2012.

    The Willimantic native accused of hitting and killing a Norwich firefighter while driving under the influence in 2012 has pleaded guilty and will face sentencing in October, according to the New London Superior Court.

    Willis Goodale, 52, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in connection with the March 2012 crash that killed 33-year-old Norwich fire Lt. Benjamin DeMond on Interstate 395 in Montville.

    He’ll face 15 years in prison, suspended after eight years, and will be sentenced in October, according to the court.

    Police said after the accident that Demond’s two young children were in the car with him at the time of the crash.

    Goodale was initially charged with assault with a motor vehicle and driving under the influence. He reportedly failed several field sobriety tests.