Driver in crash that killed four-year-old pleads guilty

Minson given manslaughter sentence after guilty plea.

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Michael Minson of Gray pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter, aggravated assault, and driving after having his license revoked.

It stems from a car accident in August of last year in which Minson was speeding because he was late for a shift at work.

The accident killed a child in the car, and severely injured an adult passenger.

Minson was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with all but 4 and a half suspended.

Despite his legal punishment, the family of the victim says they will never be ready to forgive.

“Think about while you sit in jail and know that when you get out, no one will forgive you,” yelled Cameron Petersen’s paternal grandmother to Michael Minson in court…strong words coming from the family of 4-year-old Cameron Peterson, who was killed in a 2015 car accident where Minson was driving.

The little boy wasn't the only victim. His mother Crystal underwent several surgeries and still suffers brain damage.

“I had to tell my daughter on three different occasions that she lost her son. Because she forgot every time,” explained Crystal’s mother and Cameron’s grandmother Teresa Petersen.

Cameron's family filled the courtroom, and several spoke on behalf of the victim.

“I didn't even get a chance to bring him hunting,” explained Cameron’s dad through tears. “I didn't get a chance to do anything, your Honor. He was 4 years old. He was 4 years old and [Minson] took him from me.”

Minson stood, offering a written apology, saying, “Although I do not expect you to forgive me, I am truly sorry. My sincerest apologies.”

“His apology was as bogus as the day is long,” said Teresa Petersen. “You don't sit there and just read something from the heart. He didn't even have a tear. If he was sentimental or true or sorry, he wouldn't have been able to even read it, let alone say it.”

It's an apology that the family says they can never accept.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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