Developer who plotted South America escape pleads guilty

Markets Associated Press

A New York real estate developer caught trying to flee to South America following a fatal car crash in the Hamptons has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges.

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Sean Ludwick faces a sentence of three to nine years in prison following his plea Tuesday. He also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Prosecutors say Ludwick's blood-alcohol content was more than double the state's legal limit for driving.

The Aug. 30, 2015, crash in Sag Harbor killed 53-year-old Paul Hansen.

Ludwick was free on bail when he was captured in Puerto Rico in 2016 negotiating to buy a $400,000 sailboat to flee to South America. An FBI agent moonlighting as a sailing instructor became suspicious and contacted authorities.