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Feb 8, 2016 3:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sean Ludwick Hires New Attorney

Feb 10, 2016 10:05 AM

Sean Ludwick, who prosecutors say tried to flee the country while free on $1 million bail after killing a Sag Harbor father this summer in a fatal DWI crash, now has two new attorneys.

William Keahon, a criminal defense lawyer based in Hauppauge, has taken over Mr. Ludwick’s case, along with his first counsel, Daniel J. Ollen, who also focuses on criminal law.

The decision to part ways was mutual, according to Mr. Ludwick’s former attorney, Benjamin Brafman, who has offices in Manhattan. “Now that he is remanded in Riverhead, [it] makes much more sense for him to be represented by local counsel,” he said in an email about his former client.

Mr. Keahon confirmed Monday that he is now Mr. Ludwick’s new attorney but would not comment further on the decision.

Mr. Ludwick, 42, was arrested for a second time late last month on a bench warrant after prosecutors said they had evidence that he was trying to flee the country and skip out on his $1 million bail while on vacation in Puerto Rico. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said that Mr. Ludwick had also planned to purchase a boat large enough to sail to South America from the island.

The part-time Bridgehampton resident, who was located after returning to his East End home, was sent to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside without the possibility of bail.

In August, Mr. Ludwick was accused of driving drunk, dragging his passenger out of his Porsche convertible after an accident, and leaving him for dead near his home, on the side of a Sag Harbor road. Southampton Town Police said they found Mr. Ludwick standing next to his damaged and disabled vehicle on Woodvale Street, about a quarter mile from the accident scene on Rolling Hill Court East.

In order to find his passenger, Paul Hansen, police had to trace fluid trails and gouged pavement from the sports car’s broken rims back to the accident scene.

Mr. Ludwick has pleaded not guilty to a 13-count indictment. If convicted of two of the most serious felonies—aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident—he could face up to 32 years in prison.

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Linda Kabot's attorney.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Feb 8, 16 4:53 PM
l told you all last week Brafman would not stick around as his attorney. He likes cases he can win not cases with losers
By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Feb 8, 16 5:24 PM
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I noticed that he is also Martin Shkreli's attorney. Must be fun hanging out with all those nice people...
By Arnold Timer (315), Sag Harbor on Feb 8, 16 6:51 PM
The more guilty you are the more you need Keahon.....
By HB90 (157), southampton on Feb 8, 16 8:18 PM
Suffolk County is a political sewer that extends into law enforcement and the judiciary. Of course he needs a former DA to slap the right backs. Branfman realized a traditional defense doesn't work out here. Wasn't Keahon involved in a DWI accident himself?
By harbor (392), East Hampton on Feb 9, 16 12:23 PM
"Harbor" you are SO right...it's not the law that counts in Suffolk County. It's who you know.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Mar 10, 17 8:57 AM
Please throw the book at this guy.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Mar 10, 17 8:59 AM