Ellenville man admits guilt in crash that killed wife

The City of Kingston's Police Department and City

The City of Kingston's Police Department and City Court House on Garraghan Drive. (March 28, 2012) (Credit: Nancy Donskoj)

An Ellenville man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the crash that killed his wife last year.

Claude Moody, 53, made the plea Thursday in a Kingston court. His wife, Demetra Barnes-Moody, died in October after he slammed his sports utility vehicle into a stationary backhoe on Route 44 and 55 in Rochester.

Moody had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent and had Ambien, a sleep-inducing drug, in his system.

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He faces up to seven years in prison.

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