Widow in fatal Nassau DWI case: 12-year sentence 'not long enough'

Denise DeCrescito, wife of Christopher DeCrescito who was

Denise DeCrescito, wife of Christopher DeCrescito who was killed by Brian Daly, of Valley Stream, who was speeding, drunk and high on cocaine when he hit a minivan on Franklin Avenue in Franklin Square last year, is consoled as she leaves the Nassau County on Monday, July 21, 2014. Daly was sentenced to 12 years in jail. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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A Valley Stream man was sentenced to 12 years in prison without parole and five years of post-release supervision in a high-speed crash that left a Franklin Square husband and father of three dead.

Brian Daly, 26, was sentenced by Nassau County Court Judge Angelo Delligatti in the drunken driving crash that killed Christopher DeCrescito, 46, who was just minutes from his home. Daly ran a red light and slammed into DeCrescito's minivan.

"The jail sentence is not long enough, but by the same token it doesn't make a difference in the grand scheme of things because it's not going to bring my husband back," Denise DeCrescito, Christopher's widow, said in an interview Monday.

Daly pleaded guilty in March to charges of assault, manslaughter, criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated. As part of his plea, Daly waived his right to appeal his sentence.

Calling it a "very tough" decision, DeCrescito said she accepted the plea deal to spare her family drawn-out appeals court proceedings.

"I also agreed to it because I think that's what my husband would have wanted me to do because I have MS [multiple sclerosis] and I'm disabled with it," she said.

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"I was perfectly ready and willing to go through the trial and be there every day because I have to represent my husband, because we were always there for each other no matter what," she said.

In a news release, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Daly was drunk and high on cocaine when he broadsided DeCrescito's minivan at Franklin and Corona avenues in Valley Stream on Feb. 27, 2013, about 9:15 p.m. Daly was going more than 70 mph in a 30 mph zone, ran several red lights before the crash, and drove around other cars stopped for the light. At the final intersection, he struck DeCrescito's minivan in the driver's door, killing him. Daly was also found to be in possession of more than a half-ounce of cocaine.

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