Plea Deal Rejected

By WBNG News

Plea Deal Rejected

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 17, 2009 at 10:02 AM EST

A man accused of killing a police officer in a drunk driving crash rejects a plea deal.

30 year old Patrick Fitzgerald of Fenton appeared in Broome County Court.

Fitzgerald is facing 6 charges related to the death of Port Dickinson officer Aldo Rossi.

Rossi was struck and killed while directing traffic around a fallen tree lon Route 7 last July.

The Broome District Attorney's Office says Fitzgerald's blood alcohol level tested above .08%.

The DA offered Fitzgerald a plea deal to the most serious felony charge, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and misdemeanor Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

It would carry a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.

Fitzgerald rejected the offer and will go to trial.

No date has been set.

The defense and prosecution will be file pre-trial motions over the next 4 weeks.

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