May 2, 2016

Williston driver pleads not guilty to criminal charges in Craig Sampson’s death

by Jess Wisloski
Observer staff

Williston resident Joseph Castano, 20, entered a plea of not guilty to a number of criminal charges during his arraignment in a Massachusetts courthouse Tuesday that were related to a deadly car crash over the weekend in which he was the driver.

Craig Sampson, 19, also of Williston, died in the Saturday morning crash in Beverly, Mass., and Castano was hospitalized with injuries. Both men were college sophomores, and had grown up together in town. Those who knew them said they were best friends.

Castano posted $25,000 bail at Salem District Court and was permitted to return to Vermont. He is set to return to court June 7.

Joseph Castano's yearbook photo. (Facebook)

Joseph Castano’s yearbook photo. (Facebook)

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Craig Robert Sampson, III

Obituary - Craig Sampson, III of Williston passed April 23, 2016.

Craig Sampson, III of Williston passed April 23, 2016.

Craig Robert Sampson, III, 19, passed away on Saturday, April 23 in Beverly, Mass. as a passenger in a tragic car accident. He was born in Boston on August 19, 1996 son of Craig Robert Sampson, Jr. and Samantha Anne Verner.

There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to truly encompass how remarkable Craig was. He made a lasting impression on whomever he met, whether that be as a brother, son, or friend. He had the ability to light up a room within seconds of entering it simply from his infectious smile and goofy jokes. One of his goals in life was to be a positive presence in the lives of everyone he encountered, and he did just that. Whether it was smiling and holding the door for a stranger, or spending hours with a friend in need, Craig was always there to encourage and uplift everyone he came in contact with.

He was polite, conversational, disciplined, reliable and kind – a person of integrity with thought-out convictions. Like many others, Craig struggled with internal battles, and sometimes those dictated the decisions he made. However, even in the midst of all his struggles he was still beacon of light for those around him, and the decisions he made in no way defined the person he was.

He was refreshingly humble, and was never afraid to display his loving and affectionate personality. Craig had many dreams and aspirations that he would have undoubtedly fulfilled. He had an unwavering work ethic, whether in school or at his job, and that determination was a key element of his personality. He set a very high bar for all the people around him; especially being the eldest of his family. His spirit will be carried on through all the people who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his father Craig Robert Sampson, Jr. and partner Chiuho (Christina) Duval; his mother Samantha Nalette and fiancé Karl Usher; his grandparents Frank and Joyce Lopes; Patricia Verner; brothers Nick, Caleb “C.J.”, Nate, Cole and sister Kinsley Sampson; aunts and uncles Richard Petersen, Lana Petersen, Krisa Palmer, Todd Verner, Troy Verner and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandfather Harry “Bill” Verner.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday April 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. Funeral services will be held Saturday April 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Essex Alliance Church with Pastor Joe Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in Hinesburg Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Craig’s memory maybe made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Red Cross. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

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