Drunk driver sentenced to 1 year in deadly crash

December 4th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND (WGME) – A drunk driver is going to jail for a year after a crash last summer that killed his passenger. 52-year-old Richard Griffin pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday afternoon.

Griffin was sentenced to six years behind bars in connection with the crash that killed 22-year-old William Schneider in July 2012, but because of his medical issues caused by the crash and what the prosecutor called “extreme remorse,” the state reduced the amount of time he’ll have to spend in jail to just a year.

“I miss him, and I’m very sorry,” Griffin turned around and said to the victim’s father.

Court documents show Griffin and Schneider were at a Naples bar earlier in the night. They also show Griffin was driving 84 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone when the SUV went off the road and hit a tree. Police used blood work taken at the hospital hours after the crash to show Griffin’s blood alcohol level was between .13 and .09. Blood work also showed Griffin had been smoking marijuana before the crash.

“I’ve ruined my life for a good time. I ruined my life. It was an accident, not done on purpose. I don’t know what else to say. It’s devastating for everyone,” Griffin told Judge Roland A. Cole.

Schneider’s father Barney Schneider talked with CBS 13 News after the sentencing.

“No one wins. It is a tragic day, but the sentence seems appropriate. Now we will continue to celebrate the great years of my son’s life,” he

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