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Putnam parents get mixed verdict from jury

PUTNAM - The parents of a Putnam teen involved in a fatal car accident have been convicted of crimes by a Washington County jury in Fort Edward.

Jimmy Joe St. Andrews and Kellie St. Andrews of Putnam were also found not guilty of other charges.

The jury found Jimmy Joe St. Andrews, 41, guilty of endangering the welfare of a child, but not guilty of two other endangering charges.

Kellie St. Andrews, 40, was found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child. She was found not guilty of three other counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three additional dealing with a child charges.

The St. Andrewses were on trial in connection with several under-age drinking parties at their Putnam home, the last of which came last April 20-21.

Two 16-year-old girls died in a car crash after that party.

Dustin T. St. Andrews, 16, agreed to a plea bargain in Washington County Court last October that sent him to state prison for 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 years.

St. Andrews was driving a car in April 2008 that crashed, killing Shannon James of Ticonderoga and Michaella K. "Mika" Lopes of Enosburg, Vt. Two other passengers were injured.

St. Andrews pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony, after Washington County prosecutors agreed to drop murder charges against him.

St. Andrews was to stand trial on a 23-count indictment that charged him with two counts of second-degree murder and a host of lesser charges in the April 21 deaths.

The girls were passengers in a Cadillac sedan St. Andrews was driving at nearly 130 mph on Route 22 in Putnam when the vehicle careened off the highway. Both girls were thrown from the vehicle. Lopes was pronounced dead at the scene, while James died the next day.

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