AUGUSTA – It was an emotional day in court Friday, as a Maine teen pleaded guilty in connection with a deadly crash that killed three young people in Clinton.
The judge is now considering 17-year-old Timothy Silva’s sentence, and family members of the victims are hoping for a harsh punishment for the Fairfield teen.
“You do the crime, you do the time,” said Sheila Porfirio, the mother of one of the children killed in the crash. “He killed three children, and he tried to blame it on the victims.”
The victims’ family members watched as Silva pleaded guilty at the Capitol Judicial Center in Augusta Friday.
Police say Silva was unlicensed when he went on a high-speed joyride with friends in Clinton on February 9. Then, Silva crashed, killing 15-year-old Thomas Porfirio, 14-year-old Emily Baker and her 12-year-old sister Ashlin.
“It’s been tremendously difficult. Of course it’s difficult for the families, and I don’t take anything away from them, but it’s been very hard for him to deal with this and the loss of his friends,” said Walter McKee, Silva’s defense attorney. “He has survivor’s guilt, which is no great surprise given everything that happened. It’s been a long several months.”
In juvenile court Friday, Silva pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and three lesser charges, upsetting the mother of one of the victims.
“They get away with more, just because he’s a juvenile,” said Porfirio. “He’s a criminal.”
Porfirio says Silva hasn’t taken responsibility for the incident, referencing posts on social media.
During a detention hearing in June, the Clinton police chief testified that a few days after the triple fatal accident, Silva posted on social media that he had the car keys and wondered if anybody wanted to go for a ride with him, and that he would try not to crash.
“I would suggest, as I did to the judge, that judging somebody by a stupid comment like that, a 16-year-old shortly after something like that happens, shouldn’t be the measure of the whole person,” McKee said.
The state is asking for the maximum sentence, which for Silva, a juvenile, is serving time behind bars until he turns 21.
“There is no sentence that’s enough, right? I mean, when you lose three children, there’s nothing that’s enough,” said Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.
For now, Silva will head back to house arrest, as he awaits the judge’s written decision on his sentencing.
“He is a danger to the community and I hope the judge sees that,” Porfirio said, standing with her family outside the courthouse.