MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A convicted felon with a history of driving drunk was given the maximum sentence in a crash that left a Long Island father dead.
The family of Chad Whethers waited almost two years for Lloyd Williams to face his penalty.READ MORE: 2 NYPD Officers, 1 Retired Officer Accused Of Taking Thousands Of Dollars In Bribes
“It’s been hard,” Whethers’ mother, Brenda Whitehurst, told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan. “He was a mama’s boy.”
“And then the defendant, at no time he showed no type of remorse, there was no apology. I just hope today that he gets the maximum,” Whethers’ sister, Tawanda Whitehurst, said before the sentencing.
A jury found Williams guilty, handing down a rare depraved indifference murder conviction for a fatal DWI crash in Nassau County in June 2011. On Wednesday, a judge gave Williams a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Williams was high on marijuana and his blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit when he slammed his car into Whethers.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: Man Attacks, Robs Father And Son After Fender Bender In Queens
As McLogan reported, Williams got into a bar fight before jumping in his car and taking off. He led Freeport police on a high-speed chase, running eight stop signs and six red lights along the way.
Chad Whethers was heading home to his family from his job as a local security guard. His car was literally sheared in half by Williams’ speeding Mitsubishi. Whethers died on impact, leaving behind a daughter who is now 5 years old.
Following his sentencing, Williams offered his apology.
“I didn’t mean for this to happen, it was a mistake. Yes, definitely, I’m sorry,” he said.
His was just the third depraved indifference murder conviction for a fatal DWI crash in Nassau.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine Pop-Up Sites At Subway, Transit Hubs Target Commuters As FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Children 12-15
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