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Drunk driver in fatal crash resentenced to 3 to 9 years

A Blasdell man sentenced in 2012 to six months in jail and five years’ probation for a drunken-driving car crash that killed his 14-year-old passenger and injured two other teenagers is going to state prison after he was seen drinking in a bar in violation of his probation.

Bradley Maloney, 21, was resentenced today in Erie County Court to three to nine years in connection with the high-speed crash, which occurred on Jan. 28, 2012 on the Seneca Nation Cattaraugus Reservation.

The crash threw three Hamburg girls, all sitting in the back seat, from the car: Angela Keim, who died; Elizabeth Szewczyk, who was 13 at the time and suffered critical injuries; and Summer Locking, who was 16 and was less seriously injured.

After today’s resentencing, Angela’s mother, Alice Keim, said her initiative led to the discovery of Maloney’s latest probation violation and the prison sentence that she and her husband, George Kuntz, felt should have been imposed two years ago when Maloney was first placed on probation.

Keim said someone called her earlier this year and told her Maloney was drinking in a bar on the first floor of his apartment building.

She said she went to the bar and talked to the manager, who confirmed that Maloney had been drinking there. She said the manager then informed the probation department.

As a result, Maloney was charged with violating the conditions of his probation by consuming alcohol and moving to a new address without informing his probation officer. He pleaded guilty last month to the violation.

“Me being a mother led to what happened today,” she said outside the courtroom.

Maloney’s attorney, Mark Worrell, told Judge Michael F. Pietruszka at the resentencing that Maloney moved to the apartment so he could play his music without disturbing his neighbors, who had complained about it at his previous residence.

The attorney said his client did not move to his new apartment because there was a bar downstairs, but he admitted that his client did drink there when he was having a bad day.

He told the judge that Maloney never got behind the wheel after drinking because of what happened the last time he drank and drove.

He asked for the minimum prison sentence of one to three years.

Assistant District Attorney Kelley Omel requested the maximum sentence of five to 15 years, noting that this was Maloney’s second probation violation in the case.

Maloney’s first probation violation occurred last year when he attended a party where alcohol was being served, stayed out after his curfew and missed several counseling sessions. He was resentenced to probation in January on that violation.

At today’s court appearance on his latest violation, Maloney apologized for not following the conditions of his probation.

Outside the courtroom, Kuntz said the family is still coping with Angela’s death. “Everybody thinks things get better” with the passing of time, he said, but that hasn’t happened.

“We’ll see if this brings some closure,” he said. “We don’t want anybody to go through what we’ve gone through. It’s never going to go away.”

He added that the family had been concerned that Maloney would go out drinking and kill someone else while he was on probation.

Maloney pleaded guilty in 2012 to first-degree vehicular manslaughter, first- and second-degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated.

The judge today revoked his probation and resentenced him to prison terms of three to nine years for vehicular manslaughter, two to six years for first-degree vehicular assault and one to three years for second-degree vehicular assault. He also gave him 12 months in the Erie County Correctional Facility for DWI. The judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

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