MIDDLE ISLAND, LONG ISLAND, NY – A man who pleaded guilty in a crash that killed three people on Long Island was sentenced to prison on Thursday, Newsday reports.
19-year-old Nahriek Belford of Bellport was sentenced to eight years behind bars for causing the accident in Middle Island on Feb. 9, 2019.
Authorities said Belford was driving a stolen Nissan Rogue when a police officer attempted to pull him over for going through a stop sign in Yaphank.
Belford, then 17, took off and drove through red lights as he reached speeds of over 100 miles an hour while fleeing from police on Route 25, according to prosecutors. His car slammed into a Honda CRV that was making a left turn on Birchwood Park Drive at about 11:50 p.m. Both people in the Honda were killed, 74-year-old Jerome Weingarten and his wife, 71-year-old Randee Weingarten, both residents of Middle Island who had been coming home after a dinner out. The wreck also claimed the life of the defendant’s 19-year-old brother Angelo Belford, who was in the Nissan.
Nahriek Belford pleaded guilty in February to charges of manslaughter, felony assault and unlawfully fleeing police.
At his sentencing before acting State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho, Belford issued an apology for causing the crash.
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