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LI Man Gets 4 To 8 Years In Prison For DWI Crash That Killed His Grandfather

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island man was sentenced Tuesday for a DWI crash that killed his grandfather.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Gary Hendricks of East Patchogue stood in a green jail jumpsuit and looked straight at the judge as the judge sentenced him to 4 to 8 years in prison for the July 2013 crash that killed his 77-year-old grandfather.

No family members were in court for the 45-year-old’s sentencing, Hall reported.

Prosecutors said Hendricks was driving his SUV drunk when he crashed and flipped over several times on Sunrise Highway. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Authorities said Hendricks’ blood alcohol level was .17 percent at the time of the crash. The legal limit in New York State is .08 percent.

“I don’t think there was ever a question. I think from day one he was remorseful,” defense attorney Laina Houston told Hall.

She said her client could have received less time in prison if he hadn’t already had a felony conviction on his record.

In 2010, Hendricks was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in North Carolina.

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