Driver in deadly Sweet Tomatoes crash faces 2 years in jail

Attorney David Meier speaks with his client, Bradford Casler, 55, of Newton, at his arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court on Monday, September 19, 2016. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe
Attorney David Meier speaks with his client, Bradford Casler, 55, of Newton, at his arraignment in September 2016. –Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a man charged with driving the SUV that crashed into a Massachusetts pizza parlor, killing two people and injuring seven, faces two years behind bars if he pleads guilty.

The ruling released Friday appears to jeopardize a proposal by a defense attorney for Bradford Casler, who said his client would plead guilty if he is not sent to jail.

Casler’s attorney, Thomas Giblin III, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Boston Globe reports that in Friday’s decision, the judge rejected the prosecution’s request for a 5-year sentence and the defense’s request for six months of home confinement.

Casler crashed into the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Newton in March 2016. Giblin says Casler’s multiple sclerosis was to blame.

He’s due back in court Dec. 22.

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