Ala. man refuses plea deal in fatal 2007 crash

HOUMA, La. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of killing a 22-year-old woman while driving drunk has refused a plea deal and chose to stand trial later this year.

Twenty-one-year-old John Waldrop, of Mobile, is charged with vehicular homicide of Amanda Larpenter of Gray.

During a court hearing Monday, Waldrop rejected what attorney Brandon Brown later said was an offer of 15 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. The maximum is 30 years.

Brown says Waldrop refused because he was unsure how many cyears he might face before becoming eligible for parole.

His trial was scheduled Aug. 17.

Waldrop was 19 at the time of the crash.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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