GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A New Hampshire man has pled guilty to charges related to a January 2011 plane crash that killed his daughter.
58-year-old Steven Fay of Hillboro, N.H. Appeared in Franklin Superior Court Wednesday and pled guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Fay was piloting a Cessna twin-engine plane on January 1, 2011 when it clipped some trees while on approach to the Orange Municipal Airport and crashed into the ground short of the runway.
Fay’s daughter, 35-year-old Jessica Malin, died in the crash.
In pleading guilty to the charge, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office says that Fay admits that he “unintentionally caused Malin’s death as a result of his reckless conduct.”
Even though Fay had a private pilot’s license, he was not qualified to be flying that Cessna without an instructor on-board. The D.A.’s office also says that his instructor advised Fay not to fly at night or with anyone else on-board.
By statute, Fay could have faced a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
“The Commonwealth never intended to seek incarceration in this case. While we believed it was important to hold Mr. Fay legally responsible for the crash that claimed Ms. Malin’s life, we also recognize that he will live with this tragedy for the rest of his life, regardless of what happened in court. Fortunately, Mr. Fay’s conduct did not cause harm to anyone on the ground who happened to be in his flight path that day,” says First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne.