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Guilty Plea in Drunk Driving Vehicular Manslaughter Case

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

 March 16, 2017



 Guilty Plea in Drunk Driving Vehicular


Manslaughter Case 






ALBANY, NY – District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that JESSICA BELLEROSE, 41, of Troy, pleaded guilty to (1) Count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, (1) Count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, and (1) Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor, before the Honorable Thomas A. Breslin in Albany County Supreme Court this morning.


On October 11, 2016, at approximately 6:43 P.M., BELLEROSE recklessly drove a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix while intoxicated on Alternate Route 7 in the Town of Colonie.  BELLEROSE passed multiple vehicles, eventually sideswiping a Subaru in the right hand lane.  BELLEROSE then drove into the center median and her car became airborne.  Upon landing, the vehicle crashed into the front driver’s side of another car being driven in the westbound lane by Paige Ahearn, age 18.  The crash killed Paige instantly and caused injuries to the passenger in that vehicle.


Blood test result revealed that BELLEROSE was operating the vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .14 percent.  BELLEROSE also admitted to drinking throughout the day.


BELLEROSE faces up to 7 years in State Prison when sentenced on May 11, 2017. 


BELLEROSE will also be ordered a term of 3 years of Probation upon release from custody with the requirement for installation of an Interlock Ignition Device.  BELLEROSE will also be ordered to repay restitution, pay fines and surcharges, and be subject to a driver’s license revocation for a minimum of 6 months upon release from custody subject to Department of Motor Vehicles guidelines.


Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter and Assistant District Attorney David Szalda are prosecuting this case.


For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]