Man receives maximum sentence in DWI crash that killed Long Island Boy Scout

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SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – A man has been sentenced to prison for causing a drunk driving crash that killed a Boy Scout on Long Island in 2018, according to Newsday.

61-year-old Thomas Murphy was sentenced Wednesday by a Suffolk County judge to 8 1/3 to 25 years behind bars, the maximum punishment allowable in the case.

Murphy, of Holbrook, was convicted in December on charges stemming from the Sept. 30, 2018 accident, which killed 12-year-old Andrew McMorris and left three other boys injured. Prosecutors said Murphy’s blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit when his SUV struck the group of Boy Scouts from Troop 161 as they were on a hike along David Terry Road in Manorville.

Murphy was found guilty on numerous charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving.

His attorneys attempted to have the verdict set aside based on claims of juror misconduct during the trial, but the motion was rejected by Acting State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho. The defense said it is planning an appeal.

Over 100 members of the McMorris family were in court to attend the sentencing of Murphy. Attorneys for the victim’s family said they would continue to fight for justice in a civil case.

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