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Utica firefighter gets two more weeks to accept or reject a plea deal

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y.(WKTV) - The Utica firefighter accused of switching seats with his unconscious girlfriend after a car accident, now has two more weeks to decide whether he will accept a plea deal.

An adjournment was made in Oneida County Court Friday morning.

25-year-old Travis Maurine and his girlfriend at the time, 22-year-old Kate Rizzo of Waterville, had just left a Christmas party in Rome on Saturday, December 18, 2010 when the vehicle they were in crashed with another car along route 233 in Rome around 10:30 that night.

Oneida County prosecutors say although the car belonged to Rizzo, it was Travis Maurine who was driving, and they say he moved his severely injured girlfriend into the driver's seat and he moved into the passenger's seat.

According to Travis Maurine's defense attorney, no blood alcohol level was taken of Maurine because police thought he was the passenger.

The driver of the other vehicle, Rachel Inman, was seriously injured, which is why Maurine is facing one a vehicular assault charge.

Defense attorney George Aney says he needs more time to look at hospital records of both his client and his clients' former girlfriend, as well as the blood tests taken of that former girlfriend at the hospital.

Aney says Rizzo has stated she did not know who was driving, mainly because of the extent of her head injuries.

Travis Maurine is out on bail and actually just got married on Saturday to his new girlfriend, and is heading on his honeymoon before he is due to reappear in Oneida County Court on June 18th.

That's when he will determine whether he will accept the prosecution's plea offer.

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