SCRANTON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man who acknowledged he was driving drunk earlier than a fallacious-approach crash that killed 5 individuals apologized to the victims’ households earlier than he was sentenced to 18 to 36 years in jail.
Thirty-yr-previous Gennadiy Manannikov, of Lake Ariel, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded responsible in July to 5 counts of murder by car whereas driving beneath the affect within the January 2016 crash.
Earlier than sentencing, he stated poor judgment put him behind the wheel.
“I am not a nasty individual,” Manannikov stated. “I made a nasty selection that night time.”
State police say Manannikov drove the flawed method on Interstate eighty one in northeast Pennsylvania for about 7 miles earlier than colliding head-on with one other car. Vinodchandra Patel, sixty eight; Komal Vyas, 30; and Shilpaben Patel, 29, have been pronounced lifeless on the scene. Bhaveshkumar Patel, forty two, died a few week later. Additionally killed was a passenger in Manannikov’s automotive, 32-yr-previous Ashley Wheeler.
“I do not assume we have ever seen such a tragedy,” Lackawanna County District Lawyer Shane Scanlon stated.
He stated the defendant had been consuming at a restaurant and his blood-alcohol content material was almost twice the authorized restrict for driving.
Manannikov stated he would change locations with any of the victims if he might, a sentiment that his lawyer stated he has expressed repeatedly. Protection lawyer Terry McDonald stated his shopper took duty to spare the victims’ households extra ache. McDonald stated his shopper has had insomnia and struggles to forgive himself.
Decide Margaret Bisignani Moyle stated she believes Manannikov is remorseful and urged him to talk out towards intoxicated driving.
“You are a 30-yr-previous man and it’s a must to reside for the remainder of your life with the horror of your actions,” Moyle stated. “Intentional or unintentional, the outcomes are the identical.”
Wheeler’s sister, Ryan Butler, referred to as the defendant a “sociopathic maniac” who hid his conduct behind a wall of “alcohol-made-me-do-it.”
“You’ve got taken youngsters’s mother and father. Do not forget it,” stated Lisa Dobitsch, Wheeler’s aunt.
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