Drunk driver convicted of murder in 2005 fatal Meadowbrook Parkway crash set to face parole board in February

Martin Heidgen was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison after driving the wrong way on the parkway for nearly 3 miles before crashing into a limo, killing 7-year-old Katie Flynn and the driver Stanley Rabinowitz.

News 12 Staff

Jan 17, 2024, 10:23 PM

Updated 178 days ago

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A drunk driver convicted of murder in a 2005 crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway that killed two people is set to face a parole board next month.
Martin Heidgen was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison after driving the wrong way on the parkway for nearly 3 miles before crashing into a limo, killing 7-year-old Katie Flynn and the driver Stanley Rabinowitz.
Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly is urging the state to deny Heidgen parole.
Donnelly says in a letter Heidgen sent to a friend before sentencing, he claimed he would drink again after he was released, but might not drive. The district attorney says that shows Heidgen has not truly accepted responsibility and can't be trusted again in society.
The parole board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13. Heidgen is eligible for parole in June.
Martin Heidgen was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison after driving the wrong way on the parkway for nearly three miles before crashing into a limo, killing 7-year-old Katie Flynn and the driver Stanley Rabinowitz.
A drunk driver convicted of murder in a 2005 crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway that killed two people is set to face a parole board next month.
Martin Heidgen was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison after driving the wrong way on the parkway for nearly three miles before crashing into a limo, killing 7-year-old Katie Flynn and the driver Stanley Rabinowitz.
Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly is urging the state to deny Heidgen parole.
Donnelly says in a letter Heidgen sent to a friend before sentencing, he claimed he would drink again after he was released, but might not drive. The district attorney says that shows Heidgen has not truly accepted responsibility and can't be trusted again in society.
The parole board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13. Heidgen is eligible for parole in June.
"It is by the Grace of God and the kindness and love of thousands of strangers as well as friends and family that has enabled us to make it these last 18 1/2 years. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you," said Jennifer Flynn, mom of Katie.  


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