Judge issues verdict of guilty against actor Efremov in fatal crash case
MOSCOW, September 8 (RAPSI) – Judge Elena Abramova on Tuesday found Russian actor Mikhail Efremov guilty of committing a deadly road traffic accident under the influence of alcohol, a RAPSI correspondent reported from the Presnensky District Court of Moscow.
The court stated that during the trial Efremov denied his guilt. Thus, his final plea during the stage of arguments will not be considered as a mitigating circumstance.
On September 3, a prosecutor demanded an 11-year imprisonment for Efremov and driving ban for 3 years. That day, the court heard the parties’ arguments. Before the beginning Efremov made a plea of guilty. Earlier, he refused to admit his guilt and said he remembered nothing.
The famous actor stands charged with committing a traffic offense in a drunken state that led to a victim’s death. He could face from 5 to 12 years behind bars if convicted.
On the evening of June 8, Efremov driving his car crossed into the oncoming lane in central Moscow and collided with a delivery service vehicle. He was arrested on the scene. Alcohol and drugs were reportedly found in his blood. Victim Sergey Zakharov was taken to hospital where he died early in the morning of June 9.
On June 9, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court ordered Efremov to be put under house arrest; the measure is still in force. In particular, he was banned from communicating with other case parties, using mobile phone and Internet.