Fulton man pleads guilty in DWI road rage homicide
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:19:03 GMT —
A local man has pleaded guilty to killing another man in case of ~road rage TM a little more than a year ago.
According to the Cayuga County District Attorney TMs Office, 80-year-old William Louis LeVea of Fulton was in Cayuga County Court facing charges in connection with a fatal car crash on November 20, 2009. The D.A. TMs Office says LeVea was driving on Route 370 in Cato that evening when he ~recklessly and repeatedly TM rammed his car into the back of a small truck driven by 41-year-old Christopher Spack of Camillus. Police say the vehicles were travelling around 80 miles per hour at the time of the incident. The final impact sent Spack TMs truck spinning into the opposite lane, where it was ripped in half when it collided with an oncoming Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
Spack was ejected from his truck and died instantly. The driver of the Silverado suffered a severe ankle injury.
In court Wednesday afternoon, LeVea pleaded guilty to felony aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, and criminal possession of a weapon. He will be sentenced to a minimum six and maximum of 18 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge. The two other counts are misdemeanors and carry one year jail terms. The D.A. TMs Office says the pleas satisfy a 15 count indictment against LeVea, who also waived his right to appeal the conviction.
LeVea says he does not remember the events of the crash, but wanted to plead guilty to avoid a more severe penalty if convicted in a trial. He acknowledged that two hours after the crash his blood alcohol level was tested at 0.16%, which is twice the state legal limit. As a convicted felon who could not legally possess long guns, LeVea also pleaded guilty to having two rifles on the floor of the back seat of his car at the time of the crash. Authorities say Levea was previously imprisoned for beating a man to death in an Oswego County bar in 1967.
The District Attorney and victims TM families say they intend to strongly oppose the defendant TMs release at any and all parole hearings. In the end, this admission and conviction (by guilty plea) and guaranteed lengthy prison sentence allows the family of Christopher Spack some measure of closure, although there is no conviction or sentence that could ever bring back the beloved 41 year old father, son and brother said District Attorney Jon Budelmann in a statement to the media Thursday.
This plea saves the victim TMs family and the victim TMs children from the additional emotional pain and suffering that would come from hearing the explicit details of this horrific crash.
LeVea will be held at the Cayuga County Jail without bail to await formal sentencing on March 2. Should LeVea ever be paroled, he would not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle.
Spack left behind a wife, daughter, son, and stepdaughter. A trust fund has been set up for the welfare his children. Donations can be made to the:
Christopher J. Spack Memorial TrustP.O. Box 341Camillus, NY 13031-0341