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Former NYPD Officer Who Mowed Down Family With Minivan Released From Jail

A police car is seen in Times Square - New York, NY - May 26, 2004 - Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police officer who drunkenly wiped out a family with his car has been freed from prison after a decade behind bars.

Joseph Gray was released Friday from a jail in Dutchess County.

On Aug. 4, 2001, the officer was headed to his precinct house in Brooklyn following a day of heavy drinking when he plowed his minivan into a family crossing the street.

A 23-year-old pregnant woman was killed, along with her 4-year-old son and 16-year-old sister. Doctors delivered the woman’s baby by Cesarean section, but that child also died.

Gray was convicted of second-degree manslaughter.

His family told The Advance, of Staten Island, in a statement that he’s “thrilled” to be back home.

In the past he has said his crime was “inexcusable.”

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