Teen gets 2 years in jail for texting while driving

Published On: Wednesday December 19, 2012 5:00 AM
By: Debbie Gross
Texting while driving
A landmark text messages ruling sent shock waves through mobile phone texters as an 18 year old was sentenced to two years in jail and was stripped of his license for 15 years.

"The message here is, the state will not tolerate any violations of the law," said Boston lawyer William D. Kickham. "It is extremely dangerous to drive and text at the same time, and the verdict of the jury and the judge's sentence reflects that."

A District Court jury found Aaron
 Deveau Haverhill guilty of motor vehicle homicide and text messaging while driving that caused injury.

Judge Stephen Abany sentenced him to 2 and 1/2 years in prison for motor vehicle homicide and two years in prison for texting while driving. Deveau was ordered to serve one year at the same time for both charges, and the balance of both charges are suspended for five years and his license will be suspended for 15 years.

Massachusetts State Police welcomed the sentence.