Belchertown teenager expected to change plea in connection with crash that killed Amherst blogger Larry Kelley

  • Ryan Fellion appears in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in connection with the February crash that killed Amherst blogger Larry Kelley. (Dave Roback / The Republican-pool)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

BELCHERTOWN — A Belchertown teen charged in the motor vehicle death of Larry Kelley of Amherst is expected to change his plea this spring, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Ryan Fellion, 19, is facing a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and other related charges in connection with the Feb. 17, 2017, crash that killed Kelley in Belchertown. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Kelley, 62, was a prominent blogger in town and an elected member of Town Meeting.

The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Feb. 16 that Fellion’s attorney, David C. Kuzmeski, announced in court that Fellion expects to change his plea at his next court appearance on April 26.

Earlier that week, Judge Michael Mulcahy ruled that Fellion must give his cellphone passcode to Massachusetts State Police investigators so they can complete a search warrant on the phone. Mulcahy denied a defense motion to suppress the seizure and search of the cellphone.

Police allege Fellion was driving west on Route 9 when his vehicle crossed over the center line and struck Kelley’s eastbound car nearly head-on near 299 Federal St.

The charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation carries a maximum 2.5-year jail sentence and a 15-year loss of license.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.