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Daniel Leary sentenced to 5-7 years in state prison

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The Southwick man convicted of motor vehicle homicide in the West Springfield crash that killed 29-year old David Laduzenski learned his fate Monday afternoon.

Leary was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison with three years probation after that. One of the conditions of his probation includes talking to youth groups about the dangers of driving under the influence.

Prior to sentencing, many members of the Laduzenski family read emotional victim impact statements to the court.

"There is no joy in my life as I liken my life as living in hell, life goes on but I feel dead inside," said Ann Marie Laduzenski, David Laduzenski's mother.

Last week Leary was convicted of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving for the 2011 crash that killed David Laduzenski.

"My only sibling is gone. He was taken away so thoughtlessly and recklessly when a mere $30 cab fare would have saved his life," said Sarah Laduzenski, David Laduzenski's sister.

"This is supposed to be an impact statement but it should be called a never again statement because that's what it is. Never again will I get to see and talk to David, I will never again have dinner with him or discuss how things went at work," said Donald Laduzenski, David Laduzenski's father.

"March 25, 2011 was the day I lost my future, my happiness and my whole reason for being," said Eleanor Halgren, David Laduzenski's fiancee to be. "I was thrust into a dark downward spiral. My life robbed of a best friend, a lover, a soul mate."

Monday, before he was sentenced, Leary tearfully apologized for the accident.

"I would like for you to know that I pray for your family every day," said Leary. "This will stay with me forever. This is what I wanted to say to you 2 1/2 years ago."

The district attorney asked the judge to impose a five to seven year prison sentence, the defense asked for 2 1/2 years in the house of corrections and members of the Laduzenski family asked for the maximum sentence.

"Your honor, on behalf of my brother who cannot be here today because he is dead, please send Mr. Leary to prison for 15 years and make him tell others of his story," said Sarah Laduzenski.

Although the Laduzenskis say they will never have closure, they do hope that others can learn from this tragedy.

"Hopefully some people out there have taken notice and just will think a second before they decide to get in a car and drive after they have been drinking," said Sarah Laduzenski.

The Laduzenskis are fighting for tougher legislation against drinking while impaired. They feel the current punishments under the law need to be stricter.

"I will get back to Boston, speak with the judiciary committee and I'm going to try and make some changes," said Ann Marie Laduzenski.

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