Gary Hendricks sentenced in crash that killed grandfather

Gary Hendricks, 45, of East Patchogue, was sentenced

Gary Hendricks, 45, of East Patchogue, was sentenced to between 4 to 8 years in prison for the drunken-driving crash that killed his 77-year-old grandfather in July 2013. (Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney's Office/James Carbone)

An East Patchogue man was sentenced Tuesday to 4 to 8 years in prison for the drunken-driving crash last summer that killed his 77-year-old grandfather.

Gary Hendricks, 45, had agreed to the sentence as part of a plea bargain Oct. 30 in First District in Central Islip before Judge Fernando Camacho.

Hendricks was on parole from a 2010 North Carolina conviction for assault with a deadly weapon when he crashed his Chevrolet Suburban on Sunrise Highway in Patchogue July 22, killing Isaac Beal, his grandfather.


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Hendricks had a 0.17 percent blood alcohol content hours after the fatal crash, more than double the legal limit in New York State of 0.08 percent, District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Camacho imposed several prison terms on Hendricks for vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and other charges -- but all the sentences will be served concurrently, making him eligible for parole after serving the minimum of 4 years.

Outside court, Legal Aid Society attorney Lani Houston said Hendricks had taken full responsibility for his actions. "From day one, he was remorseful," she said.

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