Mastic Beach man takes plea deal in fatal dirt bike pursuit

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A Mastic Beach man pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday for using his minivan to plow into two men on his brother's stolen dirt bike in June 2017.

Christopher Bouchard, driving a Honda Odyssey, chased and rear-ended the bike -- killing 19-year-old Shirley resident Keenan King and 20-year-old North Bellport residents Anthony Holmes-Garriques.

As part of a plea deal, the judge said Bouchard will be sentenced to 3 ½ to 10 ½ years in prison. If the case had gone to trial, he would have faced up to 15 years in prison.

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The families of the two men were upset with the agreement, saying the sentence was too light.

"I agreed to it because I didn't want him to walk...I want him to suffer like I have to suffer every day," said Lina Garriques.

Bouchard's official sentencing will take place in October.

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