BANGOR — A Medway man who was under the influence of drugs when he crashed his vehicle last year killing his wife was sentenced on Thursday.
Joshua Bell, 32, pleaded guilty to manslaughter during a hearing held by videoconference. Then, he cried as he tried to read a statement apologizing to the family of his wife, 36-year-old Stephanie Bell.
He was driving south on Aug. 9, 2019 when he rolled his vehicle several times on Interstate 95 in Mattamiscontis Township, located near Lincoln.
His wife was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.
His defense attorney read his statement.
“Since being incarcerated I‘ve had a mental health evaluation to find alternative ways to deal with the depression, pain and remorse I‘m suffering without the use of any drugs, whether prescribed or otherwise,” Attorney Terence Harrigan said, reading Bell’s statement. “I refuse take drugs anymore.”
Justice Ann Murray agreed to approve a plea agreement between the defense and the state.
She sentenced Bell to 10 years with all but two years and seven months suspended for the manslaughter.
She also took his driver’s license for 10 years and ordered him to pay a $2,100 fine for violating his bail conditions.
With time served, Bell should be released by May 2022.