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Everardo Nieto Sentenced In Syosset Crash That Killed Myron Jacobs, 86

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Bronx man has been sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in a crash that left an 86-year-old man dead and his wife critically injured.

Everardo Nieto, 33, broke down in sobs Monday right before he was sentenced, saying “I’m not a bad man, I’m not a beast,” 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

On Nov. 28, 2010, Nieto was drag racing his landscaping truck while drunk and crossed into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on into an elderly couple on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset, prosecutors said.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Myron Jacobs was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife, 84-year-old Lucille Jacobs, suffered 28 broken bones, including a broken neck and pelvis, and two collapsed lungs.

A nearly empty bottle of vodka was found in Nieto’s truck and he had a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent two hours after the crash, prosecutors said.

Nieto pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, assault, and driving while intoxicated last year.

The couple’s daughter, Aimee Schwartz, told Rivera that she is satisfied with the sentence.

“Life will never be the same,” Schwartz told Rivera when asked how her mother is doing, and added that her mother is still recovering. “After being married for 61 years, it’s very hard for her to go through life and physically as well, she’s walking with a cane.”

Nieto is expected be deported to El Salvador after serving his sentence.

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