The Katelyn Deslandes trial didn’t happen this week. The trial was supposed to start on Monday but the case was settled by plea agreement just before opening arguments by defense attorney Kelly Green and prosecutor Sarah A. Baker. Deslandes, 24, of Island Pond, had been charged with two felony counts of gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle with death resulting for allegedly crossing the center line on Route 105 in Charleston at about 8:45 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2022, and crashing into an oncoming car. But the state amended the felonies down to misdemeanor charges of vehicle operation-negligence/fatal because there was not enough evidence to prove that Deslandes was under the influence. Deslandes pleaded guilty to the new charges and there will be a contested sentencing scheduled.
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- Plans for a National Guard Regional Readiness Center cleared the first hurdle last week