RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Long Island man has been convicted in the 2012 drunken driving death of a teenager who had just graduated from high school.
Suffolk County prosecutors say Michael Grasing was convicted Wednesday of aggravated vehicular homicide, but acquitted of the top charge of second degree murder by depraved indifference.
Prosecutors say Grasing had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit and was speeding when he rear-ended 18-year-old Brittney Walsh’s car in Lindenhurst, causing it to tumble off the road.
“Very emotional, hard,” her mother Cheryl Walsh told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan,” Doing the best we can, we have to for her, for Brittney’s sake.
Grasing’s attorney conceded his client was intoxicated, but said prosecutors hadn’t proven he was acting with depraved indifference to human life.
The 34-year-old Babylon man was also found guilty of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges.
He faces up to 25 years in prison.
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