RONKONKOMA - The mothers of two Suffolk County teenagers who were killed in a Ronkonkoma crash last year held a rally today against a plea deal that was offered to the driver who plowed into their sons' car.
If the driver, 28-year-old David Heise, of Selden, accepts the plea deal tomorrow, he could get a year behind bars.
Investigators say Heise ran a red light and slammed his pickup truck into another vehicle on Ocean Avenue, killing 17-year-old Eugene Franjola and 16-year-old Stephen Massina.
The victims' mothers, Margaret Massina and Barbara Franjola, say what angers them is that Heise was driving with a suspended license and has a history of heroin offenses, but the judge is considering sentencing him to just one year in prison.
"We don't want anybody else killed by this guy," Franjola says.
State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) has introduced a bill making driving and claiming a life with a suspended license a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
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