Ryan Fellion, 19, of Belchertown pleaded guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court, today, to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in connection with the Feb. 17, 2017 crash that claimed the life of Larry Kelley, 62, of Amherst.
Judge Michael Mulcahy sentenced Fellion to 2 years in the House of Correction, but suspended the sentence for 2 years, meaning Fellion will not be incarcerated unless he violates the conditions of his probation.
The conditions of Fellion’s probation include: continuing his current counseling, staying employed or in college, and making 30 presentations to high school students on the consequences of dangerous driving. Fellion’s conviction also triggers an automatic 15 year license loss.
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington, who prosecuted the case, had requested that Fellion serve 1 year behind bars, followed by a period of probation.
“While the Commonwealth believed that jail time was appropriate in this case, we respect the Court’s decision. Hopefully this disposition will bring some closure to this tragedy,” Covington said.
“The tragic death of Larry Kelley was a great loss for family, friends and the justice community,” Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said.
“As a citizen journalist he kept a keen focus on crime and its impact on our communities. The impact of this accident is immeasurable and will hopefully serve to remind young drivers about the consequences of dangerous driving.”
Fellion was driving toward Amherst on Federal Street/ Route 9 in Belchertown on Feb. 17, 2017, when his vehicle crossed completely into the opposite lane, colliding head-on with Kelley’s vehicle, which was eastbound.
Belchertown Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, MSP Crime Scene Services and MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (“CARS”) investigated the collision.