- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man has been convicted of driving drunk when he crashed into a 56-year-old woman’s car last year, killing her.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1FOcpwL ) a jury took less than two hours Tuesday to find 31-year-old Joseph Perez guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter.

Perez had a blood alcohol content of .23 percent when he plowed into Donna Sartori’s car in January 2014. That’s nearly three times the legal limit.

Sartori’s husband, Anthony Guggino, says he’s happy they got the verdict, but the pain of losing her isn’t going to go away.

Perez’s attorney argued that the blood alcohol reading wasn’t accurate. But prosecutors said the facts of the case were “overwhelming.”

Perez faces up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced on June 25.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com



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