Coram man sentenced for 3rd DWI incident

RIVERHEAD - A Coram man who has been convicted in two drunken-driving accidents over the past 12 years was sentenced today for another DWI incident.

In 1998, Kenneth Bowrosen struck and killed Paul Lopez, a young theater student from Ronkonkoma. Since then, prosecutors say Bowrosen was caught driving drunk twice more.

"He just needs to be kept off the roadways and out of our community for the safety of everyone on the streets," says Assistant District Attorney Melissa Turk.

This afternoon, a judge imposed the latest sentence on Bowrosen for being drunk behind the wheel in Ridge last summer. His license was suspended at the time.

Under current state law, even with two prior convictions and causing a death in the past, Bowrosen received the maximum sentence of one-and-a-third to four years in prison.

State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is sponsoring a bill in Albany that would nearly double prison terms for repeat DWI offenders such as Bowrosen.

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