Lisbon man pleads guilty to manslaughter for fatal 2020 Portland park crash

A Lisbon man pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after fatally striking a man in 2020.

Jonathan Burt, 31, drove through the Deering Oaks Park grounds and bleachers in July 2020, striking 76-year-old Celestin Muhizi, who later died from his injuries.

Burt pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge in Cumberland County Superior Court on Tuesday, the Portland Press Herald reported. He also pleaded guilty to charges of operating under the influence and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, and will serve four and a half years in prison, followed by four years of probation.

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley and staying active in the Maine outdoors.
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