A Branford man has pleaded no-contest to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle in connection with the fiery crash that killed his 28-year-old wife, the New Haven Register reports, and he is due in court today.
Vincent Mauro, 32, is due to appear in New Haven Superior Court, according to online court records.
Mauro's wife, Megan McAuliffe, was a passenger in the car and died as a result of the Aug. 18, 2013, crash, police said.
Branford police said Mauro was speeding on Brushy Plains Road just before 1:30 a.m. on that Sunday morning when he lost control of the car, went off the right side of the road and hit a large tree.
His blood alcohol level had been at 0.18 percent, according to police, more than double the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Mauro’s lawyer, Tara Knight, said the plea agreement calls for Mauro to get a maximum of one year in prison, with the right to argue for less time at sentencing.
Jean McAuliffe, administrator for her daughter's estate, has sued Mauro and his mother, Lisa Mauro, the owner of the car.