SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Southwick man has been found guilty of hitting and killing a former West Springfield man with his vehicle over two years ago.
Thursday afternoon, jurors found 37-year-old Daniel Leary guilty of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol.
29-year-old David Laduzenski , a West Springfield native, was home visiting friends walking in the front yard of a friend’s house on March 25, 2011 when investigators say Leary hit and killed him.
A mistrial was declared last year but the Commonwealth decided to refile and retry the case.
After the verdict on Thursday , an emotional Ann Marie and Donald Laduzenski, David’s parents, spoke about these last two years,”I can’t tell you how I’m feeling, all I can say it’s a sad day for the two families, that’s all I can say, I thank the D.A., and I thank the jury,” says Ann Marie Laduzenski.
Donald Laduzenski also offfered his thoughts on the guilty verdict,” We’re of course relieved that this is over, it’s been two and a half years almost since this started when my son was killed and it’s kind of ironic that this was the day when he was hit, the same day two years and four months ago, so we’re happy it’s done with,” says Donald Laduzenski.
Ann Marie Laduzenski says “Justice has been done”.
Sentencing is scheduled for Monday morning at 11am in Hampden County Superior Court.
District Attorney Mark Mastroianni says he will recommend a state prison sentence but he wouldn’t say how long a sentence.
A state sentence ranges from a minimum of two and a half years up to 15 years.
The judge could sentence Leary to the House of Correction which means a minimum one year and maximum two and a half years in jail.