Truck driver who killed five teenagers in wrong-way crash found guilty of murder

Mail Online | 10/8/2016 | Associated Press; Reporter
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A jury on Wednesday found a Vermont truck driver guilty of murder in the deaths of five teenagers caused when he drove the wrong way on an interstate highway.

The jury of eight women and four men returned the verdict in the case of Steven Bourgoin on its second day of deliberations following a two-week trial in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.

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The jury rejected the claim by Bourgoin that he was insane at the time of the October 2016 crash on Interstate 89 in Williston.

Bourgoin, 38, had pleaded not guilty to five counts of second-degree murder and other charges stemming from the crash.

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He faces 20 years to life in prison on each count.

Bourgoin's attorneys acknowledged that he caused the crash but said he was insane at the time, namely, psychotic and delusional.

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Two psychiatrists who testified for the defense, including one originally hired by prosecutors, said that in the days leading up to the crash, Bourgoin thought he was on a secret government mission.

He believed he was in danger and thought he was getting inferences from lights, radios and television static about what to do, they said. Psychiatrists said Bourgoin was psychotic and legally insane at the time of the crash.

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Another psychiatrist diagnosed him as having an adjustment disorder with disturbance of mood behavior but said he was sane at the time of the crash.

Prosecutors argued that Bourgoin was troubled at the time of the crash, grappling with custody, relationship and financial issues, but his condition did not meet the legal definition of being insane.

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Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George said that Bourgoin...
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