An Oswego County man will spend at least six years in prison for a deadly DWI crash. William LeVea, 80, was sentenced Wednesday in Cayuga County Court and as our Andy Mattison tells us, the victim's family says they will fight to make sure he spends the rest of his life in prison.
CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- AWilliam LeVea, 80, told the court Wednesday he was truly sorry for what happened on November 20, 2009, a day where LeVea rammed the back of Christopher Spack's pickup truck while driving on Route 370 in Cato, causing the vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic and Spack to be thrown from his truck.
Spack died instantly and LeVea eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. LeVea was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison Wednesday and his apology fell on deaf ears.
"He has not shown any sign of remorse until this morning. That was the first time we heard the words 'I'm sorry' out of that man's mouth. The sentence that we finally came to an agreement on was one that the family could live with at this point," said Christopher Spack's brother Tim Ellis.
"He's always been sorry that a man lost his life. He's obviously struggled with recalling what happened and his role in the person's death, Mr. Spack's death, but he's certainly sorry," said defense attorney George Hildebrandt.
The judge noted that on the day of the crash when LeVea was at the scene and was told he killed someone his response was 'I don't care.'
A few of Spack's family members spoke before sentencing, calling LeVea a monster and a killer.
Spack's brother told LeVea no one in the family would ever forgive him for what he did and Spack's mom spoke about LeVea's lack of remorse and about the dangers of drunk driving. Two hours after the crash, LeVea's blood alcohol content was .16, twice the legal limit.
"If someone had stepped up and stopped that man from getting in the car that night, an 80-year-old man would not be going to jail and my son would be alive to watch his children grow. To be back at our family where he belongs," said Christopher Spack's mom Lenore Ellis.
As part of the plea deal, LeVea waived his right to an appeal. He will also face three years post release supervision, but there is a strong possibility he could spend the rest of his life in prison.