Driver who killed Nashua teacher gets a year in jail


MANCHESTER - The man who killed a Nashua high school teacher on Interstate 293 last year was sentenced Wednesday in superior court to a year in jail. Jason Lambert, 36, of Goffstown, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and aggravated DWI. He will serve a year at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, according to Hillsborough County Attorney Andrew Ouellette. Lambert will be on probation for five years after his release and will serve 500 hours of community service by speaking to high school and driver's education students, Ouellette said. Lambert was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-293 on Sept. 29, 2007, when his 2004 GMC pickup crashed head-on into the 1999 Saab of 63-year-old Edward Bailey, police said. The crash occurred on the stretch of highway near Macy's department store in Bedford, police said.Bailey, a Merrimack resident and a teacher at Nashua High School North, was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where he later died of his injuries. Ouellette said he recommended a sentence of two to five years in state prison for Lambert, with the opportunity to serve a year of house confinement after one year. The defense, he said, argued for a deferred prison sentence plus probation and community service. "I think that the recommendation that I made was appropriate. I'm not going to call the judge's sentence inappropriate," Ouellette said, adding that the judge's sentence was a "departure from the norm."
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