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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter charges in deadly 2017 dirt bike crash

Prosecutors: Christopher Bouchard, 28, chased victims in a minivan, caused collision that killed them


CENTRAL ISLIP — The Mastic Beach man accused of running over and killing two people riding a dirt bike in June 2017 appeared in court Thursday.

Family members of Keenan King and Anthony Holmes-Garriques were very upset leaving the court room where 28-year-old Christopher Bouchard pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in the second degree.

In return for the plea, the court agreed to sentence Bouchard to three and a half to 10 a half years in prison.

"Because we can end up losing. Takes one juror and we can lose, so at least we know he's getting a little time," said Tina King, Keenan King's mother, as she explained why she and Holmes-Garriques’ family members agreed to this deal.

"I agreed to it ‘cause I don't want him to walk,” said Lina Garriques, Anthony Holmes-Garriques mother. “I don’t want him to leave, I don't want him to walk, I want him to suffer, like I have to suffer every day."

Bouchard is accused of hitting King and Holmes-Garriques who were riding on a dirt bike. The incident in began when Bouchard called police to notify them his brother’s dirt bike was stolen.

Prosecutors say later that day, Bouchard saw King and Garriques riding the dirt bike, chased them in a minivan and caused the crash that killed them.

"He’s just a murderer, he got no heart and a bike can be replaced. My son can't be replaced. I can never get him back. I have to live with this the rest of my life," Garriques said.

Bouchard's brother was in the minivan at the time of the crash, but was not arrested.

Family members of the victims tell FiOS1 News that the two brothers tried to put the dirt bike in the van after the crash, ignoring the two victims.

Because Bouchard agreed to this deal, his case cannot go to a jury trial and it cannot be appealed. He is going to be sentenced in October.

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