OSSIPEE — A Carroll County Superior Court Judge Wednesday sentenced an Ossipee man to many years in prison stemming from convictions related to a fatal car accident that happened in 2016.
On May 1, a Carroll County Superior Court jury convicted Jason Nason on multiple charges stemming from a fatal motor vehicle collision that happened in 2016.
Nason, 31, was convicted on all charges: manslaughter, negligent homicide, possession of a controlled drug (fentanyl), second-degree assault, aggravated DUI with injury and DUI (subsequent).
The charges stem from a collision on Sept. 13, 2016, on Route 16 in Ossipee. It killed Janet Baumann, 61, and seriously injured her husband of 34 years, Gary Baumann, both of Ossipee.
The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning guilty verdicts on all charges.
On Wednesday, he was in front of Judge Amy Ignatius for a sentencing hearing. Prosecuting the case were Carroll County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi and Deputy County Attorney Steve Briden. Nason was defended by Wade Harwood of Sisti Law of Chichester.
Sitting in the gallery were about a dozen people to support Nason and about half that number for Bauman, not counting state police and county attorney staff.
Briden asked Ignatius to sentence Nason on the manslaughter, aggravated driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled drug charges for a total of up to 24 years in prison and another 10-year sentence suspended and restitution of nearly $950,000.
Harwood asked for between three and 10 years in state prison and said that was more in line with sentences in similar cases around the state.
After taking some time in chambers, Ignatius sentenced Nason to four to 15 years in state prison on the manslaughter conviction and 3½ to seven years in prison on aggravated driving while intoxicated conviction.
The DWI sentence will be served consecutively to the manslaughter sentence. Finally on the possession of fentanyl conviction, Ignatius handed down a prison sentence of 7 1/2-5 years suspended for 10 years. The judge allowed for reduction based completion of prison programming.
Ignatius declined to award restitution because Baumann and his wife’s estate already had a multimillion-dollar judgment against Nason.
“It’s a serious sentence that reflects a serious and tragic moment,” said Ignatius. “The consequences of it will live on for you, Mr. Nason, and will live on for you, Mr. Baumann, for all of your family and for all of Mr. Nason’s family. There’s no way to turn the clock back. We have to move forward with the consequences of behavior.”
Earlier in the hearing and before the sentence was imposed, Nason said he was “really sorry for what happened. It was a terrible tragedy. I wish I could change what happened."
Nason’s mother, Susan Eliopoulos, said her son was “not heartless“ and that he’s a good person.
Upon hearing the sentence, Nason looked angry and lingered by his family. Some of Nason’s family members could be heard grumbling loudly as they exited court.
The county attorney’s office also was disappointed, but for a different reason.
“Obviously, we felt that the defendant’s conduct warranted a more significant sentence,” said a written statement from the Carroll County Attorney’s Office. “There should be significant consequences for this type of behavior. Gary and Janet Baumann have paid the price for the defendant’s actions.”
Gary Baumann and his brother Bill and sister Patricia Randall Baumann asked the judge to give Nason the max, citing Nason’s lengthy criminal history, which included firing a gun during a wedding and also a driving offense while he was on bail in this case.
Baumann said he had to be resuscitated several times after the accident.
“People said to me there must be a reason you came back, there must be a cause or reason you came back. I don’t know about those things why I came back from the dead,” said Gary Baumann. “I do know one reason I came back from the dead, and that’s to get justice for my wife, myself and my son.”
Gary Baumann said his wife was a nurse who often comforted drug-addicted babies. He said his own medical bills have exceeded $1.2 million and this wife's death broke his heart.
“This is what happens when depraved, self-absorbed drug addicts drive weaponized vehicles,” said Baumann. “In this case, it was a weaponized truck fueled on fentanyl."