Since both the suspect and victim were drunk George Andersonthe driver driver gets: 16 weekends in jail, 200 hours of community service and pays a $350 fine.
A theory called “comparative negligence,” was used which is something usually seen in civil cases where plaintiffs are assigned a portion of the blame for their own injuries.
When police led 48-year-old George Anderson away in handcuffs a year ago, the Wall Street executive was facing possible manslaughter charges and a seven-year prison sentence for the DWI hit-and-run death of Brooklyn secretary Florence Cioffi.
The 59-year-old woman was run down and killed on the evening of Jan. 24, 2008 by Andersen’s black Mercedes SUV and the CEO of Enterprise Engineering left the scene only to return 20 minutes later refusing a breathalyzer test. Now Cioffi’s family and her companion of 18 years say they’re outraged at the deal Anderson has made with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office that they say is a slap on the wrist.
Anderson has agreed to a plea deal in which he’ll admit to misdemeanor DWI charges and a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, but he’ll only serve 16 days in jail and do that time on eight consecutive weekends. He also agrees to do 200 hours of community service and pay a $350 fine.
Prosecutor David Hammer said that victim Florence Cioffi had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
“An intensive investigation by the defense and prosecutors revealed she probably stepped out from between two parked cars,” said Anderson’s lawyer, Stacey Richman.
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