RIVERHEAD - The drunken driver from Plainview who struck and killed a Suffolk police officer was sentenced today to one-and-a-third to four years behind bars.
Jose Borbon, 24, plowed into Officer Glen Ciano's patrol car in Feb. 2009 in Commack. He pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in November.
According to police, Borbon had twice the legal blood-alcohol limit when arrested, had two previous DWIs and was driving with a conditional license at the time of the crash. Prosecutors asked for nine years for Borbon, but the family accepted the lesser sentence upon learning that state DWI laws have loopholes that could have allowed him to walk free.
"While we all would have hoped for more prison time, I cannot quarrel with Judge Doyle's good intentions," said Assistant District Attorney John Collins.
During the sentencing, which was attended by dozens of Ciano's relatives and colleagues, Judge Robert Doyle said the sentence of one-and-a-third to four years in prison was by no means a measure of Ciano's life.
Borbon is eligible for parole almost immediately since he's already served nearly two years in prison. His license has been permanently revoked.
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