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Aug 8, 2017 6:19 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Ludwick Could Reach Plea Deal By Next Week In Two-Year-Old Sag Harbor Case

Aug 9, 2017 11:37 AM

A part-time Bridgehampton resident accused of crashing his car while drunk and leaving his passenger to die on the side of a Sag Harbor street nearly two years ago could strike a plea agreement in court next week, according to the victim’s family.

Sean Ludwick, 44, who was a prominent real estate developer in Manhattan at the time of the accident on August 30, 2015, faces three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony, for which he could face between 8 1/3 and 25 years in prison if convicted. One of the counts was added because of a previous conviction of driving while his ability was impaired by alcohol.

William Keahon, the attorney representing Mr. Ludwick, met with Justice Fernando Camacho in the U.S. District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday for a conference, according to Bob Hansen, the victim’s brother. Mr. Hansen explained that after approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Keahon came out with a deal that could have his client plead guilty, though he did not say to what charges. In exchange, he would receive a prison sentence, but one short of the maximum he currently faces.

“I think the judge probably told [Mr.] Keahon he wasn’t going to get what he wants,” Mr. Hansen said on Tuesday. “I’m expecting that [Mr. Ludwick] is going to take the plea.”

Calls to Mr. Keahon this week seeking details about the deal, were not immediately returned.

Mr. Ludwick will appear in court again on Tuesday.

Court documents show that after the crash, police said they found Mr. Ludwick standing next to his damaged Porsche convertible on Woodvale Street in Sag Harbor, about a quarter mile from the place where the accident occurred on Rolling Hill Court East. He was heading toward his Bridgehampton home, police said, and they traced trails of fluid and gouged pavement marks from the damaged car rims back to the accident scene, where Paul Hansen, a father of two young boys, was found dead.

Mr. Hansen said a plea deal would put an end to the criminal case, which is only one part of the family’s search for justice. The other part, Mr. Hansen said, is a civil case, which Mr. Hansen and his family are looking to finalize as well.

The criminal case needs to be completed before the civil case can be heard.

Robert Clifford, a spokesman for District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office, said the plea arrangement referred to on Tuesday by Justice Comacho in court during conferences is an arrangement reached between the judge and the defense attorneys—not with prosecutors. Mr. Clifford declined to comment further.

Mr. Hansen said the family was never looking forward to going to trial, and that he always thought a plea bargain would eventually be the result.

“Nothing is going to bring Paul back,” Mr. Hansen said. “However, where we are right now, providing for his boys … is probably best for everyone involved.”

Along with the three felony counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter, Mr. Ludwick also was charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and second-degree manslaughter for recklessly causing the death of another person, all felonies which carry a range of possible sentences, from 28 months to seven years in prison for the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. That means he faces a total possible sentence of as long as 32 years in prison if he were to be convicted on all counts and receive the maximum penalty, according to prosecutors.

Lesser charges filed against him include one count of aggravated misdemeanor DWI, two counts of misdemeanor DWI, and one count each of reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain his lane and driving on the shoulder.

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PLEA DEAL??? Lawyers don't like to work in court...
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Aug 8, 17 7:31 PM
Why are comments being allowed for this article?
By HamptonDad (217), Hampton Bays on Aug 8, 17 11:53 PM
Anyone else out there completely flabbergasted by the Mezynieski verdict?? He Would've gotten more probation for a DUI!!!
By Lets go mets (359), Southampton on Aug 9, 17 5:45 PM
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Why not ?
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