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Wyoming County man pleads guilty to multiple charges following fatal crash

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 13:37:12-05

WARSAW, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Wyoming County man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges following a fatal crash in April 2020.

The Wyoming County District Attorney's Office says 21-year-old Michael Conrad pleaded guilty to the following charges Thursday:

  • Manslaughter in the second degree
  • Vehicular manslaughter in the second degree
  • Assault in the second degree
  • Driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs

According to the district attorney's office Conrad was arrested by the New York State police in April following the investigation into a fatal crash on Pleasant Valley Road in the Town of Wethersfield on April 14.

Officials say 20-year-old Cori Lynn Shearing, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Conrad, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The district attorney's office says investigators determined Conrad was operating the vehicle at a speed of 97 MPH prior to the crash and a lab analysis of his blood determined he was under the influence of cannabis and ecstasy/molly at the time.

“Cori Shearing had a promising future ahead of her. She graduated from Letchworth High School in 2018 in the top of her class and was going to Hilbert College. Her life was taken as a result of the choices that Michael Conrad made on April 14, 2020. This is a needless and senseless loss of life because of Michael Conrad’s choices to get behind the wheel of a car while impaired by drugs and drive that car in an extremely reckless manner”, said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen.

Conrad faces a sentence of up to five to 15 years for the manslaughter in the second degree charge. Officials say the sentences on the other charges are required to run at the same time as the manslaughter conviction.