A Nutley man has plead guilty in superior court to being intoxicated when he caused the death of a Howell man on Route 73 in Mount Laurel back in 2018, announced Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, William Dunbar, 26, pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter (First Degree) in exchange for a sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison.

His sentencing is scheduled for May 14.

Police say that he was driving at speeds in excess of 100-miles per hour northbound on Route 71 near Church Road on August 19, 2018 with a B.A.C. Of .16 when he crashed into the back of another vehicle traveling in the same direction.

Christopher Pappas of Howell who was pronounced dead at the scene after his car overturned and struck a pole.

Neither vehicle had passengers.

Dunbar, who is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Douglas J. Bligh, indicated when entering his plea that he had been drinking alcohol at a concert earlier in the day.

He did not dispute the results of toxicology tests which determined his blood alcohol content was .16 percent shortly after the crash.

The investigation was conducted by the Mount Laurel Police Department, with assistance from the Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police.

The lead investigator was Mount Laurel Police Sergeant Nicholas DiGirolamo.

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