Judge sentences DWI killer of Suffolk priest

A woman who drove drunk and killed a priest in East Hampton was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison Thursday. Judge Robert Doyle increased the sentence because Karen Fisher, 43, broke the terms

News 12 Staff

Mar 23, 2007, 1:11 PM

Updated 6,329 days ago

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A woman who drove drunk and killed a priest in East Hampton was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison Thursday.
Judge Robert Doyle increased the sentence because Karen Fisher, 43, broke the terms of her plea bargain.
In February, Fisher pleaded guilty to manslaughter, DWI and other charges. She accepted a three-and-a-third to 10-year sentence for killing Monsignor William Costello last summer. However, a probation report indicated Fisher continued to drink, despite being placed in a Mastic Beach sober house.
In an emotional hearing, Fisher tried to make amends.
"I know what happened is devastating and I don't expect your forgiveness," Fisher said to Costello's family. "I truly am sorry."
Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Melissa Prince remained unconvinced.
"I don't think she's sincere at all," Prince said. "And that's based on her actions."
A separate case in which Fisher allegedly drove drunk with her three children in the car is still pending.
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