WOODBURY - A state appellate court has upheld the murder conviction of a Valley Stream man who killed two people during a wrong-way DWI crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway in 2005.
Martin Heidgen became the first drunken driver to be found guilty of murder in Nassau County when he slammed into a limousine, killing the driver, Stanley Rabinowitz, and 7-year-old Katie Flynn. The Flynn family had been heading home from a wedding where the young girl was the flower girl.
Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said, "There's no question he knew the danger he was putting other people in by driving the wrong way for two and a half miles."
Heidgen and his attorney, Jillian Harrington, have argued that he should face the lesser charge of manslaughter. Harrington said she plans to appeal the decision again.
Heidgen is currently serving 18 years to life in prison.
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