KENNEBEC — A Kennebec man involved in an April crash that killed another man pleaded guilty last week to second-degree manslaughter.
Jordan Miller, 27, pleaded guilty to the Class 4 felony charge on Thursday and now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 6, 2020.
At 4:11 a.m. on April 4, Miller was driving a 2005 Chrysler 300 east on BIA Highway 10, 20 miles northeast of Kennebec, with 27-year-old Matthew Denke, also of Kennebec, as a passenger.
As the car approached a hill, Miller crossed the center line and steered right, and the car went off the road, flipped and went into a ditch. Neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and both were ejected from the vehicle.
Denke was pronounced dead at the scene and Miller, who was reported to have a blood alcohol content level of 0.086 after the crash, was hospitalized with serious injuries.
In May, Miller was charged with vehicular homicide, a Class 3 felony; a first-offense DUI, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and second-degree manslaughter.
Second-degree manslaughter is a homicide offense that doesn't meet the criteria for first- or second-degree murder or first-degree manslaughter but is the action of recklessly causing a death that doesn't constitute justifiable homicide. It differs from vehicular homicide in that it doesn't require that a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when a death occurred.