Judge Rejects Plea For Medway Man 

A Medway man is out on bail once again after a judge rejected a plea agreement that would have put the former town selectmen behind bars for four years. The desison surprised just about everyone in the courtroom, including the victim’s family. “It was actually kind of surprising,” said Amy York, who’s husband was severely injured in the crash, “I don’t know what to say. I came in expecting a plea bargain apparently that didn’t happen. It’s kind of good news in a way.”Superior Court Justice Jefferey Hjelm said 44-year-old James Lee of Medway would have to serve six years in prison if he pleaded guilty to manslaughter today.Lee admitted he was speeding and caused an accident in Monroe last September that killed 28-year-old William Russell, and severely injured 38-year-old William York, both of Medway.Lee withdrew his guilty plea, then entered a plea of not guilty to manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger.The case will now be set for trial.Family members of the victims were surprised by the judge’s decision. They say there are no winners here. Donna Russell lost her son that night. “William’s gone forever and I know he knows that and I feel really bad for his family,” she says, “I’ve known them all my life, but he killed my son, you can’t just dismiss it.”The judge says the impact on the victims was one factor in his decision to reject the plea deal.The judge also said Lee’s driving record was another reason. Lee has 36 violations in the last 20 years, 25 of which are speeding violations.