Sep 15, 2016 12:54 PM
Man who injured 17-year-old boy in Epping crash last year faces robbery charges in Maine
BRENTWOOD — Officials say a Newmarket man, already facing charges for injuring a 17-year-old boy in NH, intends to plead guilty for taking part in a Maine home break-in six months after the crash.
Vincent Casazza, 19, is expected to plead guilty and be sentenced on Sept. 27 in Portland, Maine before being returned to NH to face charges following a car crash in Epping, according to prosecutors.
Maine prosecutors say that Casazza allegedly carried out a home invasion along with Xavier Watson, 22, of Brentwood and two Massachusetts men in January.
Casazza allegedly drove from NH to Lyman Maine where he planned to rob a licensed medical marijuana caregiver.
The caregiver is suspected of selling weed to one or more of the subjects in the past.
Prosecutors said Casazza is accused of supplying a camouflaged shotgun, one of two firearms used during the robbery.
The men stole hundreds of dollars in cash and ammunition, as well as three firearms from the home.
Maine prosecutors are expected to recommend that Casazza serve up to eight years in federal prison in exchange for his guilty plea to the break-in.
When Casazza returns to NH, he will be faced with second-degree assault and other charges for allegedly driving a stolen car in July 2015 and crashing it into a tree after going airborne.
The indictments against Casazza came more than a year after he veered off the road and seriously injured his 17-year-old passenger, Kyle Ward of Laconia.
Ward suffered life-threatening injuries, but eventually recovered.
Prosecutors revealed for the first time in an indictment that Casazza was allegedly driving a stolen 2010 Infinity G37x at the time.
When the vehicle was towed from the crash scene, it had to be hauled off with an 8-foot section of tree still inside it.
State police say Casazza was traveling at a high rate of speed before going off the road at about 3 a.m.
The second-degree assault and reckless conduct charges are punishable by up to seven years in state prison while the receiving stolen property charge carries a potential of up to a 15-year state prison term.