Man Pleads No Contest In Fatal Car Chase

DERBY, Conn. (AP) – An Oxford man who wrecked his car and killed his friend during a police chase has pleaded no contest and agreed to serve up to nine months in prison.

Twenty-one-year-old Eric Ramirez entered the plea Monday in Derby Superior Court. He remains free on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be sentenced March 24 for negligent homicide and engaging police in pursuit.

Authorities say Ramirez was fleeing a police officer at speeds reaching more than 90 miles an hour when his car hit an embankment and flew into a building in Oxford on March 9, 2012.

The crash killed 15-year-old Brandon Giordano of Oxford.

Former Seymour Officer Anthony Renaldi was cleared of wrongdoing in the chase.

He had tried to stop Ramirez for having illegal neon lights under his car.

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