No jail time for truck driver John Kaley in death of officer Michael Califano

John Kaley admitted to falling asleep at the wheel of his truck on the LIE, leading to the crash that killed the veteran officer. (2/21/13)

MINEOLA - A driver who fell asleep at the wheel and killed a Nassau officer on the Long Island Expressway will not get jail time after taking a plea deal.

John Kaley admitted to falling asleep at the wheel of his truck on the LIE, causing his rig to plow into Nassau Highway Patrol Officer Michael Califano's patrol car at exit 39 two years ago.

Kaley was charged with criminally negligent homicide, but prosecutor Maureen McCormick says recent court precedents make it tough to get convictions in cases like this.

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After serving less than two days in jail, Kaley was freed. The judge ruled he would not add additional jail time or give Kaley probation. Kaley's license was revoked and he was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The PBA and District Attorney Kathleen Rice say they will travel to Albany later this year to press for a law that would severely punish drowsy drivers in the future.

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