Man Sentenced for Injuring Off-Duty Police Officer in Crash

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Anthony Thompson, 22, was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years behind bars and a minimum of 7 years, on charges of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree and other assault charges.

"The defendant received very substantial jail sentence and is being held responsible for his outrageous conduct," Prosecutor Thomas Finnerty said.

Thompson was drunk and speeding in his car when he slammed into the vehicle of off-duty Police Officer Gary Sengbush. Sengbush suffered permanent and life-altering injuries. Thompson also killed his passenger and friend twenty-year-old Honey Ransom.

"The Ransom-Mobley family wanted him to receive Mercy so I feel like our prayers were answered and our request honored," Ransom's Family Member Margreta Mobley said.

During the sentencing, there seemed to be many questions raised by the defense as to the state of Officer Sengbush at the time of the accident.

"The other driver was under the influence but we'll never really know because the blood test records were kept from me, though I asked for them repeatedly," Defense Attorney Emily Trott said.

Finnerty said those claims are completely untrue.

"That's an outrageous accusation. I have no idea why she would make that accusation and it struck the court as odd because there was no evidence," Finnerty said.

Sengbush was in court but did not speak on camera. However, his lawyer did read a statement on his behalf.

"My life was dramatically changed for the worse on February 25th 2011. Returning home from a second job I took in order to save money for an engagement ring and a house, I was almost killed by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated Anthony Thompson," Finnerty said.

As for Thompson, he had this to say in court.

"I just like to apologized to all the families involved in the accident, it was a mistake I didn't mean to happen. I want to thank my family for standing by me during this hard time. That's all I want to say," Anthony Thompson said.

Although Thompson has no prior record, he will be heading to a State Prison to serve his sentence.

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