Judge sentences Bucksport teen to juvenile center

BUCKSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge sentenced Bucksport teen, Samantha Goode, to serve 10 days in a juvenile corrections center for the death of Taylor Darveau. Goode answered to the juvenile manslaughter charge Friday morning in front of a judge, her family, and nearly 50 of the victim's family and friends.

The 10 day sentenced is part of a plea agreement reached with the Hancock County District Attorney's office. Under the plea agreement, Samantha Goode accepted responsibility for the manslaughter charge in juvenile court that is equivalent to a guilty plea. The District Attorney's office agreed to drop the reckless driving charge. Goode will also lose her license for five years.

Goode was charged with vehicular manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger after crashing on Bucksmill Road in Bucksport last October. Her classmate, Taylor Darveau, 15, died as a result of the crash.

At the hearing, officials finally released details about the accident. The district attorney told the judge Goode was racing with another car when she lost control and hit a tree. An autopsy on the car showed Goode was driving 74.5 MPH in a 45 MPH road at the time of the crash. They said speed and inexperience of the driver were the factors that caused the accident.

Goode only had her license two months at the time of the accident. Under Maine law, drivers need to have their license at least six months before having unrelated passengers in the car.

A large group was at the courthouse awaited the appearance of Goode. Taylor's family and friends took up nearly four rows, wearing pink ribbons in support of the young girl they lost. When Taylor's parents entered the courtroom, her mom was clutching a picture of her daughter.Court officers told the courtroom to control their emotions during the proceedings.

Both of Taylor's parents spoke in court remembering their daughter. Goode addressed the court and apologized to Taylor's parents.

After the judge handed down the sentencing, Taylor's grandmother, Trish, said that no sentence would give the family what they want.

NEWS CENTER does not usually identify juveniles that are facing charges. However, we have decided to use Goode's name while reporting on this story, due to the gravity of what happened in this case.


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