Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A man behind bars who admitted to drinking and driving in a crash that killed a 14-year-old girl and injured two others learned his punishment Monday morning.
19-year-old Bradley Maloney was convicted for one count of vehicular manslaughter, two counts of vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated.
He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for the vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault charges. Maloney was also sentenced to three years probation for the DWI. Judge Michael Pietruszka ordered that those sentences be served concurrently.
Maloney was driving 14-year-old Angela Keim, 13-year-old Elizabeth Szewczyk and 16-year-old Summer Locking the night of the crash.
Keim, a student at Frontier High School, was thrown from the vehicle and died. Szewczyk was also ejected from the vehicle, sustaining critical and permanent injuries. Locking also was injured in the crash.
Szewczyk' mother told the judge that Elizabeth will never be the same and requires around the clock care. However, she asked the judge for leniency, to give Maloney a second chance.
Keim's father, George Kuntz, showed Judge Pietruszka a picture of Angela, trembling through his statement. He spoke about how hard it is to go on without his daughter and said Maloney must be held accountable.
After the hearing, Kuntz told Eyewitness News "I have sympathy for the kid because I know he didn't do it on purpose. I met him in the past.Like I said in court, he made me a promise to take care of the kids when they were in the car. Wear your seat belts, never speed -- they were just going back and fourth from the beach. He broke that promise."
Maloney's defense attorney said many bad decisions were made that night by many people.
He argued that Maloney is slow and vulnerable, with poor decision making capabilities.
Maloney also addressed the families, saying he wish he could take that night back.