Mock accident sends message

Following an April 20, 2008, party Dustin St. Andrews, who was then 17, took a group of partygoers on a car ride that ended with a crash that killed Shannon James, 16, of Ticonderoga, and Michaella Lopes, 16, of Enosburg, Vt.

The Washington County district attorney's office said Dustin St. Andrews acted with "depraved indifference to human life" before the crash by driving while intoxicated and under the influence of marijuana and driving 132 mph before his vehicle careened off Route 22 and flipped over several times.

Dustin St. Andrews was convicted of first-degree vehicular manslaughter and is serving a 2 1/2 to 7 1/2-year prison sentence. He was denied parole when he became eligible and is eligible for release in December 2012.

The crash prompted an investigation and prosecution of his parents, Jimmy Joe and Kellie St. Andrews, who authorities said were present for the party.

The St. Andrewses pleaded not guilty and went to trial, where both were convicted of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Mrs. St. Andrews was convicted of an additional charge of unlawfully dealing with a child.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court later threw out the misdemeanor conviction against Jimmy Joe St. Andrews, but upheld the convictions against his wife, Kellie St. Andrews.

Mrs. St. Andrews was sentenced to 60 days in Washington County Jail, three years probation and 100 hours of community service.

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