Man on parole submits false letters to probation officer, gets time
Staff Report | March 14,2013
BRATTLEBORO — A Springfield man who was convicted in 1999 for a fatal drag-racing crash in Brattleboro, pleaded guilty Wednesday to giving false information to his parole officer by submitting three false letters about his court-ordered community service.
Dale A. Felion, 37, was sentenced to serve nine to 10 days on a work crew after the guilty plea. According to court records, Felion had provided his parole officer in 2006 with three false letters from people in Ohio who Felion claimed he had spoken with about the dangers of drag racing.
The crash in September 1998 was a result of a drag race between Felion of Putney and Robert Kirker, 21, of Brattleboro. It resulted in the death of a young passenger in one of the cars.
At the time of his 1999 sentencing, Felion was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and received a sentence of seven to 15 years, all of it suspended except seven years. Probation was ordered to continue indefinitely.
Included as part of his parole was a condition that he perform 400 hours of community service.
According to court records, Felion had violated conditions of his probation already, in 2012, when he was ordered to serve 60 days on a corrections work crew. Felion left the state without written permission from his probation officer and also was forbidden to engage in violent or threatening behavior.
It was unclear from court records why there was a six-year delay between the false letters and court action.