Babylon man gets max sentences in fatal DWI case
A Babylon man received maximum sentences for a DWI crash that killed a recent high school graduate.
Michael Grasing was sentenced to 10 2/3 to 32 years in prison for the 2012 death of 18-year-old Brittney Walsh.
Grasing, 34, was acquitted of murder, but convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting a fatality. The judge imposed maximum sentences for the two charges and ordered them to be served consecutively. Grasing's attorney William Keahon says his client will appeal.
"I expect, on an appeal, to have that consecutive sentence reversed," says Keahon. "I think an appellate court will find it should have been concurrent."
Police say Grasing's blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit when he plowed into Walsh. The impact caused Walsh's SUV to flip and roll over down Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst.
Witnesses told investigators that Grasing was driving 100 mph and never tried to stop before hitting the teen.
Before sentencing, Grasing offered an apology to the Walsh family saying, "No words can describe my profound remorse and sadness for what I've done. It hurts me every day that I caused the death of this beautiful, young girl."
Grasing's attorney told News 12 that the maximum his client will serve is 16 years.