Two years after killing a Brockton church deacon in a Canton crash, a Wrentham man admitted he was drunk behind the wheel when he slammed into the rear of the 71-year-old’s pickup truck.

Two years after killing a Brockton church deacon in a Canton crash, a Wrentham man admitted he was drunk behind the wheel when he slammed into the rear of the 71-year-old’s pickup truck.


Ryan M. Shaughnessy, 25, plead guilty Tuesday to motor vehicle homicide while driving drunk, a felony, in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham.


He is set to be sentenced Nov. 9 when a pre-sentencing report is to be presented. Prosecutors had asked for his bail to be revoked but that request was denied.


A conviction of motor vehicle homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol carries a one-year minimum mandatory sentence and a 15-year loss of license.


Shaughnessy slammed into the rear of a pickup truck driven by Alphonso Anderson, 71, a deacon at Messiah Baptist Church and the father of five children, on Interstate 93 in Canton in 2007.


Shaughnessy, who suffered minor injuries, had a long record of motor vehicle offenses before the crash. His license had just been reinstated two months before the fatal crash.


Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com.