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Driver in fatal crash gets a new attorney

LOCKPORT – A Yankton, S.D., man, charged with crashing his car on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation and killing a passenger while seriously injuring another driver, will have a new attorney to help him mull a plea offer for the next two weeks.

Skyler T. Zephier, 21, will be sentenced to three to nine years in prison if he admits to second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated, County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said Wednesday.

Dominic Saraceno of the county Conflict Defender’s Office replaced Assistant Public Defender Charles F. Pitarresi Wednesday as Zephier’s attorney.

In the wake of a Sept. 8 two-vehicle wreck at Upper Mountain Road and Susie’s Lane, Zephier was indicted on 19 counts in connection with the death of his passenger, Brett McKee, 18, and injuries to the other driver, Jason D. Cramer, 38. Cramer suffered two fractures near the base of his spine as well as a fractured pelvis and ribs and a bruised lung.

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