• Drunken driver gets time served in death of Trooper Engelhardt


    (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Wayland man accused of slamming into a Mass. State Police trooper's parked cruiser pleaded guilty Wednesday to a vehicular homicide charge.

    William Senne was given time served plus three years probation after entering the guilty plea.

    Senne was arraigned on motor vehicle homicide charges in 2011 in the July 2003 crash. He was 18 years old when the car he was driving slammed into Ellen Engelhardt's cruiser as she was parked in the breakdown lane on Route 25 in Wareham.

    Engelhardt suffered severe brain damage and other injuries, spending eight years in a nursing home before dying in June 2011.

    Senne had spent 2 1/2 years in jail before Engelhardt died after pleading guilty to drunken driving and driving to endanger in connection with the incident.

    In a statement released Wednesday, representatives for Senne said he remains "deeply remorseful" for the crash.

    "Billy hopes that by once again tendering a plea to the Court, Trooper Engelhardt's family will find some degree of closure. He is firmly committed to being a productive member of society and will continue to grow his business, support charitable organizations and be a positive influence on his family and friends," reads the statement.

    Colonel Timothy P. Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the court hearing for Senne:

    "We appreciate the efforts of District Attorney Cruz and his staff to speak for Trooper Engelhardt and hold the defendant accountable under the law. That said, we respect the judicial process. We hope, most of all, that the Engelhardt family finds solace in their warm memories of Ellen and in the stellar regard with which her memory is held throughout the Massachusetts State Police. Her sacrifice in the line of duty will forever be in our minds, and we will always grieve for her loss."

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